How to recycle in Germany
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)
Reading materials (paperback books, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, mail)
Non-paper Packing Material (Gelber Sack, Grüner Punkt)
Net bags for produce
Plastic bags (storage bags, bags that
food comes in, grocery bags)
Hay and straw shavings
Other trash (Restmüll)
Meat (including bones)
Seafood (including shells)
Soiled paper products
Vacuum cleaner bags
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)
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.
The Kaiserslautern waste management guide provides useful recycling tips.