Bottle returns - international
August 7, 2013 11:30 PM Subscribe
Does it make ecological sense to return glass bottles from Switzerland to Belgium for re-use?
posted by eurandom to food & drink (8 answers total)
I live in Switzerland and buy Belgian beer, the best beer in the world, in glass bottles from a store about a 30 minutes trainride away from where I live. The store charges a deposit on the bottles. When returning the bottles, they do give the deposit back but returning them is a hassle.
I am wondering whether, from an ecological perspective, it make more sense to forego the deposit and throw away the bottles in a local glass container or whether to return the bottles to the store and have them ship it to Belgium. My concern is that shipping heavy glass bottles all that distance may have a significant environment impact that outweighs any benefit of reusing the bottles. I am not even sure whether the store ships the bottles back to Belgium or whether they are just legally required to charge such a deposit.