Where did 2.8 billion coffee cups go?

“Germans throw away 320,000 single-use coffee cups every hour.” Many people were shocked when German Environment Minister Schulze revealed this fact last year.
  320,000 in one hour, 2.8 billion in one year. Germany is world-renowned for its high garbage recycling rate. Canvas shopping bags and beverage bottle recycling machines are already standard daily, but 2.8 billion coffee cups embarrassingly reveal that Germany produces more than 226 kilograms of packaging waste per capita every year, ranking first in Europe.
  Online shopping for parcels, food delivery, fruit and cheese packaged in supermarkets… Behind all the conveniences of life are the ever-increasing environmental pressures. In Germany, the plastic packaging recycling rate is claimed to be nearly 50%,
  but this only refers to the
  amount , and the final recycling rate is only 15.6%.
  Beverage and food packaging are not included in this list. These plastic or plastic-coated papers, because the recycling cost is too high, are eventually incinerated or exported to other countries.
  For a long time, the myth of the “high recycling rate” of waste in developed countries is largely attributed to such “environmental pressure transfer”.
  Germany has the world’s top waste recycling technology, but chooses to transport waste abroad, which highlights the difficulty of global waste management: in the face of profit, people instinctively choose the lowest cost solution, so European and American countries have slowed down the pace of plastic waste management , and even launch more and more complex product packaging; developing countries not only have to accept the environmental burden transferred from developed countries, but also face the challenge of transformation and upgrading of the environmental protection industry.
  With the improvement of the economic level and environmental awareness of developing countries, the structural imbalance of global waste management is emerging, and the attitude of developed countries towards waste that is “out of sight and out of mind” is unsustainable. What’s more, the garbage and pollution sent out will eventually be shared by the world through the atmosphere, water sources and food chain, and no one can be immune.
  The problem caused by chasing profit may be able to find a way out with economic thinking. The use of plastic bags has dropped by nearly half after the European Union imposed a fee on plastic bags in supermarkets a few years ago. European environmentalists have called more than once that additional taxes should be imposed on non-recycled plastic packaging to reduce its use, which is not demanding. Countries such as Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda have now completely banned plastic bags.
  ”Whoever pollutes pays the bill” is not difficult to understand. When people have to pay really enough for disposable coffee cups, maybe they will slow down and drink coffee from porcelain cups.

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