When it comes to coffee caps there are two groups of stakeholders opposing each other. On the one hand, the demand-driven, fast-growing market for capsules; consumers appreciate them especially for their handy coffee portioning meaning less wastage of stale, undrinkable coffee that has to be thrown away. Furthermore, there are good recycling possibilities for the capsules in Germany and many other EU states. On the other hand, environmental associations take a critical stance towards this disproportionate use of resources which is why for some time the introduction of a deposit fee has been under discussion; we last reported on this in March 2016.
According to a statement of the Federal Environmental Ministry made to the “Verpackungsrundschau” magazine, this measure is very improbable since the “possibilities to do anything about it within the national framework are limited”.
Legally speaking, neither product bans nor stricter design specifications are possible. Quite apart from that, the Ministry says the “immense administrative effort associated with a concept of this kind” is ignored in the debate.