Why Does Germany Recycle Well?German trash separation (Mülltrennung), on the other hand, is thorough and taken seriously. However, the Germans themselves are equally responsible for enforcing rigorous governmental and state rules. It’s almost as if properly sorting rubbish was ingrained in my veins as a child. Because of this, I’m happy to assist you in your search for trash removal services in Germany. The number of trash can receptacles in a typical German home varies widely. The following three to four trash bins are frequent in German homes:
How Is Trash Separated in Germany?Start separating your waste immediately after you produce it. You’ll either get a fine or your trash won’t be picked up if you don’t separate your trash afterwards, which isn’t fun. As a model German resident, how do you separate your waste at home? A closer examination of each trash bin colour follows.
The Blue or Green Trash bin Is for Paper and Cardboard
Depending on the state, the blue and green colour is for paper waste. In the south, we have seen green containers for papers. So basically, every paper product that is clean and dry goes in the paper trash bin. (Blaue Tonne oder Grune Tonne).
Exactly what does the blue or green trash bin have a place for?
- Writing and Addressing Correspondence
- Boxes of eggs
- Carton Packaging (folded)
What Shouldn’t Go in The Blue Container?
- A yellow bin is where you put beverage cartons.
- A black bin is where you put paper towels.
- Cardboard that has been soiled with food debris results in a “black bin.”
- Special enormous carton containers in your neighborhood streets = giant carton shipping crates.
Plastics and Soft Metals in a Yellow BinThe yellow bin (Gelbe Tonne) or yellow bag should be used for any rubbish and packaging made of plastic, soft metal, or coated paper with the Green Dot (Der Grüne Punkt) (Gelber Sack). Before putting food in a container, make sure it is clean or rinsed. Do You Know What Goes in The Yellow Recycling Bin?
- Bottles made of plastic that do not require a deposit
- Cans with no down payment requirements
- Cartons and Tetra-packs of milk and juice
- Containers for yoghurt
- Cartons of alcoholic beverages
- The foil of aluminum
- Batteries are in a class of their own
- Special canisters for light bulbs
- Styrofoam is a black bin.
Organic/Bio Waste in Green/Brown Trash BinIf it is biodegradable, it should go in the brown or green trash bin. The colour of the trash bin depends upon your state. What goes in the organic recycling bin?
- Filters and coffee grinds
- Remaining food from a meal
- Skin of fruits and vegetables
- Flowers, grass, and other garden waste are examples of this.
- ashes in black trash bin
- Dirt in general is equivalent to waste in a black bin.
- Litter box for pet waste
Residual Waste is contained in the gray/black binFor all other rubbish, including sanitary products, the German grey or black trash container (Restmüll) is appropriate.
Bottles of GlassTo properly dispose of wine and spirit bottles or smaller jars and oil bottles, you must separate them from other waste. You’ve probably seen large containers with holes all throughout the town. You’ll find your glass bottles here, separated from one other by a variety of brown, white, and green glass. If you don’t know the location of these in your city then search with “Glascontainer + Your city”. You will probably find your city’s waste management company’s website. On this site, you will find a map with all the locations of these glass containers. You can find the nearest one and through your glass here.
The Waste Management Calendar in Germany
Every year, each city issues a waste management calendar which is called Abdallkalender in German. Usually, it is delivered to each resident or if it is not delivered then you can find it on the website of the local waste management authority.
In this calendar, they clearly state the days for each type of garbage. It outlines the days and times that your neighbourhood’s various garbage containers will be collected. Besides this, they also mention the proper methods for disposing of specific types of waste. Here is the pdf file of one of the city Freiburg, you can check that out for reference.
Those containers must be placed on your front sidewalk the night before the scheduled pickup. Early in the morning, a garbage truck (Müllabfuhr) will drive past. Having a neighbour or janitor take care of this is common in apartment complexes.
Some Local waste management company also offers an app with a digital garbage guide for residents the city.
If you live in a big city, like the ones, we mentioned below then, you can design your own waste pickup schedule, or you may just Google ‘Abfallkalender + city name.’ In order to receive the calendar, you must input your exact street address of your city
Recyclable waste fines in GermanyIf you break the regulations, you’re going to get hit with a hefty fine. The German Fine Catalog (Bußgeldkatalog) provides a list of all fines for breaking German regulations and legislation. The fines are handled differently in each German state. Getting a fine of 10-1.500 euros for breaking the laws and dumping your rubbish in a way that doesn’t allow recycling is possible.
Which facts do I need to know about the deposit? [Pfand]
Not all Plastic and glass bottles should be thrown away. When you buy a bottle or can of any drink, then you pay 25 cents deposit on that bottle. It is called “Pfand” in German, you can easily spot that on the receipt of your purchase.
These Pfand products can be returned to any supermarket like Rewe, Edeka. They have Pfand machines, where you can place the bottle and the machine will suck the bottles in. After returning them, you’ll receive a refund of 8-25 cents for each of these things.
Where to throw Light Bulbs, Electronics, and Batteries in Germany?
Electrical devices cannot be disposed of in your standard garbage bin. They can only be disposed of at one of several designated locations to ensure that they may be recycled properly.
Bigger electronic items can be disposed of at electronic markets like Mediamarkt or Saturn. They can also be disposed of at the hardware stores like OBI or Bauhaus.
Luckily for small batteries, you do not need to go to the above-mentioned markets. You can simply dispose of them at any local supermarket like Edekla, Lidl or Aldi.
Old Shoes and Clothes
In Germany, how do you dispose of your old clothing? Donating your old clothing and shoes can be done in a variety of ways.
You’ll see a large container for clothes right next to the glass and cardboard containers on the streets in your neighborhood (Altkleidersammlung). To ensure the safety of your clothing, put it in a bag and seal it shut.
Pack your old clothes in a box and drop them off at your local post office for free to the German Clothing Foundation. The weight range for the shipment must be between 5 kg and 31,5 kg. A maximum of two old cellphones or tablets can be placed in each box.