First at Tegel Airport, then also at Schönefeld Airport, and since October 2020 at Berlin Brandenburg Airport: passengers can donate their no longer needed deposit bottles for a good cause. So far, a total of around 650,000 euros worth of deposits have been collected at the three airports. The money was donated exclusively to the Berliner Tafel.
"Spende Dein Pfand" (Donate Your Deposit) in Berlin is a cooperation between Grüner Punkt, the education and employment organisation Goldnetz gGmbH, Berliner Tafel e.V. and Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH. In Terminals 1 and 2 at BER Airport there are a dozen collection bins with the inscription "Donate Your Deposit" directly in front of the security checks.
These are emptied and cleaned by "deposit officers" from Goldnetz gGmbH, and the empties are sorted. So far, 23 jobs have been created for the long-term unemployed. "With the 'Donate Your Deposit' campaign, everything is simply right: the deposit money collected goes to an important cause without deduction, we save valuable plastic packaging for recycling, and at the same time many important jobs are created. As Grüner Punkt, we are very proud to be part of this project," says Nicole Ebach, project manager 'Spende Dein Pfand' at Grüner Punkt, which takes care of the logistics. It takes care of the transport and recycling of the bottles and ensures the collection of the deposit money. Coca-Cola Germany has been involved in the project since 2019 with an annual donation of 30,000 euros.
Nationwide, the "Donate Your Deposit" project now exists at 8 airports. Grüner Punkt is looking forward to soon celebrating the sound barrier of 10 million collected bottles.