Waste Separation and Disposal
Waste separation is an important topic in Germany for environmental reasons. Household waste must be sorted to be recycled. There are various waste garbage cans available for this purpose. Depending on your place of residence, various types of waste are also placed in front of the house and collected on collection dates. The dates for waste collection and more detailed information on waste separation can be found on the waste schedule of your place of residence. You can obtain the schedule online from the local waste disposal companies or from your district or town council.
Light packaging made of plastic, aluminium, tin or composite materials bearing the symbol “Der Grüne Punkt”.
Returnable bottles (Mehrwegflaschen) are marked with a logo to distinguish them from disposable bottles. When you buy a returnable bottle, you pay a deposit. If you return the bottle afterwards, you will get your deposit back. Most supermarkets have deposit machines where you can return the bottles.
Residual waste is defined as all types of waste that do not belong to one of the mentioned groups. Residual waste is disposed of in the black bin.
Bulky waste is defined as waste from private households that does not fit into the residual waste bin due to its bulkiness or weight. The collection of large household appliances such as refrigerators can be ordered with the bulk waste card of your municipality or directly online.
Under no circumstances should you dispose of any devices with cables, rechargeable or disposable batteries with your household waste. Either turn them in at an electrical store or take them to the recycling centre. This also applies to energy-efficient light bulbs.
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