Handing over bottles in Germany is a common norm. In Germany, a brilliant bottle delivery system has been introduced, thanks to which it is rarely possible to meet a discarded bottle on the streets. If the bottle was left, the so-called Flaschensammler go hunting in the evening, which means “bottle collector”.

Every tourist who decides to buy a drink (beer, lemonade, mineral water) in a supermarket will notice that the cost on the check will be higher than on the price tag. This is the so-called “Pfand” in Germany. When you buy a drink, you pay the drink and the security cost per bottle. The deposit will be returned to you after you return the container to the store. In supermarkets are machines for receiving containers. Not all bottles can be handed over, only with the Pfand badge. You can’t tear off labels from bottles, otherwise the machine doesn’t read the information, and you will not receive a deposit for such a bottle. The procedure for delivery looks like this: lower the bottles in turn into the automatic system with the bottom forward, after which the machine reads the information, press the button and get a check. You present this check at the checkout and can receive cash or use it as a coupon for your purchases.

Saturday is the most crowded day in supermarkets, because shops are closed on Sunday. On Saturday, the Germans go to buy food for a week for the future and hand over the collected bottles. For each bottle of plastic (soft) or a can you get 25 cents, of hard plastic – 15 cents, a glass beer bottle is estimated at 8 cents, a beer bottle with a refillable cap – 15 cents. The Germans are very scrupulous about money, and the collateral system allows you to save a considerable amount of the family budget. For example, if a family buys 12 bottles of mineral water per week, this is 48 bottles per month, which means savings of 144 euros per year. Such a system allows efficient use of secondary raw materials for processing and maintains cleanliness in the streets.

Pfand as a source of savings everywhere

“Pfand” is everywhere. For example, if you want to use the cart in the supermarket, you need to insert a coin, which will be returned after you put the cart in place. In cemeteries, to use watering cans for watering flowers, you need to insert a coin into the receiver, after you return the watering can, the coin will return to you. Often in stores carry out promotions when you can bring packaging, for example, from an old carcass, while receiving a discount on new mascara. Some supermarket chains produce Pfandtasche. This is a cotton bag, worth 2 euros, which can be exchanged for a new one for free if your torn. I must say that this innovation caused the cancellation of plastic bags for single use, which were previously issued at the checkout.