How to recycle in Germany

How to recycle in Germany

by: Staff | .
86th Civil Engineering | .
published: February 08, 2017

Whether living on or off base, you are required to recycle in Germany. Installation recycling centers are only for those in government housing. Off-base residents can get an annual pick-up schedule from the local Rathaus. Off base, trash fees are dependent on bin volume; contact your landlord or waste management company if they are not the right size for your household.

Here is a quick guide to recycling and waste disposal:

Paper (Papier, Pappe, Karton)
Boxes (from cereal boxes to shoe boxes)
Cardboard
Envelopes
Paper
Paper bags
Reading materials (paperback books, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, mail)
Wrapping paper

Non-paper Packing Material (Gelber Sack, Grüner Punkt)
Aluminum foil
Bottle tops
Jar lids
Metal cans/packaging
Net bags for produce
Plastic bags (storage bags, bags that
food comes in, grocery bags)
Plastic bottles/cartons
Styrofoam

Biodegradables/Compost (Bio)
Branches
Bread
Coffee filters
Egg shells
Flowers/Plants
Fruit
Hay and straw shavings
Nut shells
Paper towels
Tea bags
Untreated wood
Vegetables
Wood chips
Residual

Other trash (Restmüll)
Ashes
Cat litter
Diapers
Feminine products
Kleenex
Meat (including bones)
Mirrors
Non-packaging metals/plastics
Seafood (including shells)
Soiled paper products
Vacuum cleaner bags

Glass (Altglastonne)
Your area may or may not have glass pickup. If not, you’ll need to separate by color (white and clear, green, brown) and drop off at the local recycling center or bins located in your village (often in grocery store parking lots).

Blue and other colored glass (put with green glass)
Drinking glasses
Non-returnable glass jars/bottles
Other glass packaging
*No ceramics, porcelain, flat glass or metal/plastic lids

Bulk and hazardous waste
On-base residents can take these items to the installation recycling center. Otherwise, drop at your village’s collection point or arrange for pickup. Contact your Rathaus or waste management company (Abfallwirtschaft) for details.

Batteries
Chemicals/detergents/pesticides
Construction waste
Cooking oil
Electronics
Furniture
Large branches
Lightbulbs
Mercury thermometers
Other oils
Paint
Scrap metal
Tires
Trees

The Kaiserslautern waste management guide provides useful recycling tips.
 

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