In Germany, Austria, and Switzerland different regulations have been put into place to ban the use of disposable food and drink containers at large scale events and to establish a framework for the use of reusable crockery.

Description of one-way ban in Munich: On public land, since 1991, a by-law of the city of Munich forbids the use and sale of disposable tableware, cups, but also drink packaging on land owned by the city.

This obligation applies to all city facilities and events, such as the Munich-based weekly mark...

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The Menu Dose Certa Project allows participating restaurants to adopt best environmental, nutritional and food stocks management practices, from the purchase of foodstuffs until the preparation of meals. After continued monitoring of their waste reduction restaurants are granted a "Dose Certa" certification.

The project followed to first case studies in two restaurants in 2008 and 2010, and now involves 3 restaurants over 2 years starting in 2011.

For each restaurant it involves

  • Registration phase;
  • Initial diagnosis phase – Evaluation of the basis ...
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Within the European Union, a number of national initiatives aiming to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags to a minimum exist. They range from taxes on packaging and waste disposal (whose costs the producers usually pass on to the consumers), through fees for plastic carrier bags (going e.g. to a recycling fund), to voluntary labelling of plastic carrier bags and labelling of biodegradable bags. These measures are in some cases supported and promoted by media campaigns, e.g. for the use of reusable bags.

In Belgium, an eco-tax has been applied to disposable bags, kitchen utensils,...

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