Reusable systems for
Deposits makes sense
Germany has the most spirited reusable system in the world. Mostly small and medium-sized businesses have shaped the German diversity of beverages and brought it to its peak. Reusable systems exist for beer, water and fizzy drinks, and to a much lesser extent for juice, milk and wine, which are exempt from the deposit.
The introduction of the deposit in 2003 has stabilised the reusable quota for beer in the long term, where it still stands at a good 80%. In the case of mineral water and fizzy drinks, the proportion of reusable products continues to fall. This development threatens many small and medium-sized well operations and has already led to the sale and closure of countless operations including the loss of jobs.