Donate Your Deposit!
In a joint initiative with German airports and charitable organizations, Der Grüne Punkt is creating jobs for the long-term unemployed – while also encouraging recycling of single-use beverage packaging.
As almost everyone knows, airport security is the final destination for drink bottles. Most of them end up in the bin because travelers have no better solution on the fly. All of that is changing with the Spende dein Pfand (“Donate Your Deposit”) initiative. Passengers can find large transparent “Donate Your Deposit” collection containers at many German airports for them to drop off their empty drink bottles.
Formerly long-term unemployed people empty, clean, and maintain the containers in most cases. They also sort bottles into single-use and reusable and pack them into special bags. Der Grüne Punkt takes care of the rest: collecting the bags, organizing the deposit, and recycling cans and bottles. The deposit is used to finance the jobs that have been created or to benefit charitable projects.
NABU Dialog Forum for the Circular Economy
Der Grüne Punkt has partnered with nature protection experts from the German environmental organization NABU for many years to make the case for environmental protection and resource conservation among policy-makers and in society. A close relationship with stakeholders like NABU provides our group with fresh momentum to systematically refine our business model.
Since 2009, NABU and Der Grüne Punkt have been hosting the Dialog Forum for the Circular Economy where circular economy experts from the worlds of politics, business, research, and civil society can discuss the issues. The event, which gathers about 100 people each year, addresses current political debates and examines them from the perspective of environmental protection and resource conservation.