The CPR System of 1995 as alternative to the Green Dot

With the introduction of the Green Dot by the DSD (Duales System Deutschland) in Germany in 1992, the recycling of sales packaging was thereafter propagated as the solution to all waste disposal problems. The avoidance of waste and reuse systems took a backseat. Nana Petzet's counter model, the CPR System (Collecting Preserving Researching), takes as a point of departure the term “Wertstoff” or “valuable recycable material” propagated by DSD: If the trash marked with a Green Dot really is “valuable material”, which I have paid for, then why shouldn't I recycle it myself and designate a new use for it in my own household? While the plastics recycling of DSD turns out to be a technically and energetically elaborate transformation of a high-value product into a product with notably inferior characteristics, the material directly processed as part of the CPR System retains its value. Above all, the spread of the CPR System can contribute decisively to reducing refuse: Once a household is equipped with waste paper baskets made of plastic bags, with wall carpets made of milk cartons and soap dishes made of champagne corks, the principle issue of waste avoidance automatically crops up again more urgently than ever.