Ten years of “Spende Dein Pfand”

Initiative created more than 40 jobs at eight German airports since 2013

News Bild Ten years of “Spende Dein Pfand”

Cologne, September 4, 2023. Reason to celebrate for “Spende Dein Pfand” (German for “Donate Your Deposit”): the initiative has now existed for ten years. Started by students, then developed as concrete project by Der Grüne Punkt together with Stuttgart Airport, ”Spende Dein Pfand” was officially launched on September 3, 2013.


“Spende Dein Pfand” collection bins are located in the security area checkpoints at eight major German airports. Passengers can donate their deposit bottles and cans which are not allowed to be taken on board for security reasons. Without “Spende Dein Pfand”, the beverage containers would be trashed, and the deposit money could not be redeemed.


Through “Spende Dein Pfand”, over twelve million deposit bottles have been collected so far. The deposit proceeds of over three million euros have been used to create and maintain stable jobs for now more than 40 staff at the eight airports to handle the deposits.


“This result makes us proud and is an occasion for us to thank all involved in the project and, of course, millions of passengers for ten years of ‘Spende Dein Pfand’,” says Jörg Deppmeyer, Managing Director of Der Grüne Punkt. “In addition to the extremely generous willingness of passengers to donate, it takes the right infrastructure as well as the commitment of everyone else involved to enable more than 40 individuals to be employed for the initiative as ‘deposit officers’ at the participating airports.”


Deposits for a good cause


The “Spende Dein Pfand” campaign, initiated by “Enactus” students at the University of Hohenheim, started in 2013 at Stuttgart Airport. The idea behind it: Collecting deposited disposable beverage bottles, that are not allowed to be taken on board at airport security checkpoints, via specially marked, transparent collection containers and using the deposit money collected to create jobs for socially disadvantaged people. The amount collected has so far enabled the creation of more than 40 jobs with access to social security.


The jobs are provided and supervised by non-profit organizations. In most cases former long-term unemployed people now work as “deposit officers” by emptying, cleaning, and maintaining the deposit containers. They also sort the collected bottles into disposable and reusable and pack them in special bags. Der Grüne Punkt then takes care of everything else. It handles the collected and sorted bottles, takes care of all logistics and returns the collected deposit money directly to the respective projects. Der Grüne Punkt bears the yearly costs for logistics, counting and receivables management as donation.



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The GreenDot company is service provider for extended producer responsibility, leading supplier of secondary raw materials for plastics, and premium producer of plastic recyclates, and as such positioned as the premier solution provider for the needs of the circular economy. The Der Grüne Punkt Holding GmbH & Co. KG, with the Green Dot® as its trademark, was among the companies to introduce and establish the dual system in Germany, and stands for intelligent take-back systems, plus the development and marketing of innovative recyclates and services. Systec Plastics, at its facilities in Eisfeld and Hörstel, produces premium-quality recyclates under the Systalen® brand name for the international market. Der Grüne Punkt Holding GmbH & Co. KG belongs to the group of companies Green Dot Global S.à r.l.

Caption: For ten years, passengers at eight German airports have been able to donate their deposit bottles to the special "Spende Dein Pfand" collection containers (Photo: Günter Wicker).

Pressebild 10 Jahre "Spende Dein Pfand"