Terminal 1 roof against a blue sky with fair-weather clouds
Exterior view of part of Terminal 1 with meadow in front of it and blue sky with fair-weather clouds overhead

A small gesture for a good cause

Published: 20 May 2022, 02:45 PM

What to do with your bottle of water before boarding the plane? At the Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport, passengers may donate their no longer required deposit bottles for a good cause. In both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of BER, special collection containers bearing the inscription "Spende Dein Pfand" (Donate your Deposit) have been set up before the security checkpoints. These colourful containers are regularly emptied and cleaned by so-called “Deposit Officers” from the education and employment company Goldnetz gGmbH. They will also sort the empties. The Grüne Punkt (Green Dot) takes care of the transport and recycling of the bottles and ensures that the deposits are refunded. The money is for the benefit of the Berliner Tafel (Food Bank), which also operates a logistics centre for Brandenburg’s food banks.

Michael Halberstadt, FBB; Karin Pfluger, Goldnetz gGmbH; Sabine Werth, Berliner Tafel; Nicole Ebach, Grüner Punkt; Christian Breitkreutz, Coca Cola (from right to left)
Michael Halberstadt, FBB; Karin Pfluger, Goldnetz gGmbH; Sabine Werth, Berliner Tafel; Nicole Ebach, Grüner Punkt; Christian Breitkreutz, Coca Cola (from right to left)

The campaign "Spende Dein Pfand" was launched in May 2017 at the airport of the time at Tegel and was later extended to the airport at Schönefeld. The collection containers have been available at BER Airport since October 2020. In all, deposits amounting to approximately 650,000 Euros were collected during the past five years at all three airports.

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