Since January 2023, there has been a general obligation to offer reusable containers for restaurants and cafés in Berlin. You can use reusable containers in restaurants and cafés when you order take-away food and drinks. Alternatively, you can ask for reusable containers, which will be provided for a deposit.
From a cup to mandatory reusability
According to current estimates, 20,000 disposable cups still end up in the waste every hour in Berlin alone. The BETTER WORLD CUP initiative was launched in 2017 by the Senate Department for the Environment, Mobility, Climate and Consumer Protection and the Berliner Stadtreinigung. Since then, a lot has happened:
Initially, the campaign focused on throwaway cups. A logo on the door or in the window of a shop indicated that customers could have their own reusable cups filled. With the introduction of the compulsory reusable offer, this has now become obsolete, as gastronomic establishments of a certain size are obliged to accept containers brought in.
The best thing about it: you actively contribute to environmental and climate protection. On the initiative's website you will find details on how and where you, as a consumer, can use the resource-saving reusable programme.