Is drunk the orange juice, it remains nothing more than an annoying packaging, the power in our trash can and our ecological Conscience strained. Or, if it is a glass bottle, reminding us that the glass is full, and the response to the collection is no longer longer postpone. What is often forgotten: the packaging is not only an ecological Problem, they also do a lot of Good for the environment.

So it is, from an ecological point of view, crucial that the packaging protect the contents as well as possible, and this arrives without any losses to the consumer. For the preparation of a beverage has a much greater influence on the LCA of the product than the manufacture and disposal of the packaging. Only the mineral water, it behaves differently: Here, the packaging pollutes the environment more than the content.

if you Look at the packaging of beverages, nevertheless, you should bear in mind that their weight, stackability, and space requirements have an impact on the burden on the environment. Beer is in small 0.33 Liter glass bottles, can be transported because of the weight of the glass, only a 10’truck 000 litres with a load rather than 23’000 liters. The beverage in aluminium cans that can be transported throughout the 21’000 litres, almost the maximum amount of. The transportation of the aluminum cans is more than twice as efficient.

polluters disposable glass

the eco-balance of the soda can improve Once the epitome of eco-sin, has, in the past 20 years, solid. Reason for optimization in production – aluminium cans today are made of thin-walled – and a dream-recycling rate, which is in Switzerland, 90 per cent. The drink must be transported more than 230 kilometres, is the soda can, and even better for the environment than the reusable glass bottle. The latter is superior when you buy the beer or blöterli water from the Region and the transport path is kept short. Time-to-time by the Federal office for the environment commissioned the LCA study on beverage packaging.

“drinks packaging with a deep life cycle assessment are mostly either easily, can be used several times or have a high Recycling”, summarizes the study’s author, Fredy Dinkel in the results. “Are harmful to the environment packaging, by contrast, tends to be difficult and can only be used once.” As the one-way glass bottle, the drops in the Ranking. Although the collection rate of glass is high in Switzerland, and from waste glass a new, high-quality bottles to be created, the one-way glass of an eco-sinner. The reason is that the Recycling takes a lot of energy. Recycled glass must be melted at approximately 1500 degrees.

11’000 football fields of forest to save

And how it behaves now in the milk? At the least, the environment is burdened by the (hardly available) hose bag. Plastic milk bottles can be brought back with the major distributors, this collection is, in contrast to other plastic collections – undisputed. You recycle those PET bottles with a collection rate of 60 percent, they pollute the environment similar to how beverage cartons are disposed of in the trash.

beverage cartons have the potential to: Would you would cause as diligently collected and recycled, such as milk plastic bottles, about 30 percent less strain on the environment like this, says spelt, which recommends the Recycling in his study from an ecological point of view. As beverage cartons are 75% made of high quality cardboard fibres. From these, the company Model AG in Weinfelden, which has invested in a corresponding plant can manufacture a corrugated paper from which, in turn, can be carton packaging. “With the Recycling each year, the deforestation of a forest area could be in the Size of 11’000 football fields is saved.”

So it is the life cycle assessment of packaging

No collection system for beverage cartons

Nevertheless, there are in Switzerland, to date, no comprehensive collection for beverage cartons. While glass, aluminium and PET, the Ordinance on beverage packaging and how we pay for with every drink, a prepaid recycling fee to Finance the collection, shall apply to the redemption of beverage cartons no provisions.

“We have used ten years to bring all the protagonists to the table, in order to Finance a unified collection system,” says Simone Alabor by the Association of beverage carton Recycling in Switzerland. The efforts were without success, although Recycling would be one to two cents per package is not more expensive than the PET-Recycling. And the consumers would be, according to Alabor even cheaper than the bulky packaging dispose of in a fee-based waste bag.

a pilot project at Aldi

Aldi drinks cartons during a three-year pilot project. Until June 2019, then the discounters will terminate the pilot project. Due to great success. There are a lot more beverage cartons were returned than expected – around 70 percent of other manufacturers, is it at Aldi. “A Swiss-wide collection will only work sustainably if all market mitanpacken actors,” says Timo Schuster, country managing Director of Aldi Suisse.

However, Migros and Coop pinch. They refer to the community of interest of the retail trade. You may be interested in, to close material cycles, it is called there. In the case of beverage cartons, however, would be a “little additional environmental benefit in the very high additional costs”.

“people don’t want to have been recycled”

you’ve introduced in 1990, the prepaid recycling contribution to the soda can, the ‘greed is Cool’ mentality and the price war in the retail sector is still so pronounced, says Dinkel. “Then, it hit 5 cents on the price of a soda can.”

Alabor locates an error in the System: “Because the Swiss System is based on separate collection, has to be wrestled for every new Material a new solution. It is difficult to draw any further material cycles. This may not be in the sense of a circular economy, the resources in the most protects.”

she believes that it is now in need of other approaches, and will analyze the solutions in the neighbouring countries, where the beverage carton Recycling has long been common practice. “We remain committed to a solution, because the environmental benefits, and the people want to recycle – it may not be in the Recycling in Switzerland is not possible, what is abroad already common.”

Starting in June, we will have to consumers in Switzerland for the time being with around 100 collection points are satisfied, the voluntary beverage cartons accept. Because some people will ask whether it makes sense to bring its empty Stores to the collection point. “Whoever comes extra with the car to the recycling yard on the outskirts of the city to dispose of a couple of empty packaging,” says spelt, “is doing the environment no favours”.

PlastikflaschenWo is collected: GrossverteilerWas will be collected: plastic bottles of milk products, detergents and cleaning agents, shower gel, Shampoo, body lotion, vinegar, Oil, sauces, etc. caution: do Not use in the collection of PET bottles and beverage cartons (this does not apply to Aldi, The Discounter collects plastic bottles and drink cartons to June 2019). Also not plastic bottles from the DIY, garden and car, as well as bowls, cups, tubes, foils, and plastic bags to be collected. PET GetränkeflaschenWer collects: a Total of about 50 000 collection points in points of sale, companies, schools and cinemas are Gathered: PET beverage bottles.Attention: PET bottles before the throw-in a flat together, press and seal. PET Recycling is a closed loop, from old PET bottles to new PET arise repeatedly-bottles. For quality and hygiene reasons, no Oil, vinegar, and Laundry detergent bottles, bowls or cups can be used, even if you note that they are made of PET.GlasWer collects: About 22’000 collection points in the municipalities. Are collected: glass bottles of beverages, as well as Oil and vinegar, jam, yogurt, pickles, spice jars, etc. caution: preservation of the colours of White, Green and brown need to be collected reasons, separated from one another. Closures in front of the slot to remove.AluWer collects: collection container in the municipalities, often Aluminium, is collected together with tin (canned food). Will be collected: beverage cans, food tubes, yogurt lids, Menu, and back bowls, animal food bowls. Caution: Express tubes well, shells cleaned collect. Cans of compress, which reduces the volume and cost of transport.Beverage cartons (Tetrapak)collects Who: Approximately 100 private collection and Workshops, some of the economy stores, Aldi until June 2019.Be collected: Empty beverage cartons from milk, cream, fruit juices, etc. note: best before Disposing of it in the short rinse with cold water, with or without closure. Heavily soiled and half-full packaging is not included in the collection.

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