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August 20, 2018

What Munich's coffee houses learned about waste from beer culture

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Take-out coffee cups are a popular American import that are filling up the country's trash bins. Now there's an effort in Munich to replace throwaway cups with cups you borrow and return, inspired by the longstanding practice at the city's famous beer gardens. Produced by: Valerie Hamilton. Image credit: Marcus Teply/PRI.

Aired August 14, 2018

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Pilena C
Nice! Good for Germany, bad for the negative people that don’t understand conscience
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Shannon D
Glass bottles used to be reused. Why not cups?
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Gracie B
It takes more water and soap to wash cups
Chris R
Water is a renewable resource. Cups that can't be recycled turn into waste and even if paper biodegrades these cups also have some plastic which does not, and bc of the way land filling waste restricts natural processes it typically takes far longer for normal bio degrading to occur which means the waste lasts much longer than is expected. Imagine, eventually, having huge swaths of landfills - or continuing to increase the size of the plastic island in the pacific that is the size of Texas x2
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