Recycling in Germany

Recycling in Germany

by Stripes Europe Staff
Stripes Europe

Recycling is a requirement in Germany. If you live off-installation, be sure to ask your landlord or neighbors for the local schedule and requirements.  

Here’s a clear list of what to recycle:

PAPER

  • 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

  • Aluminum foil
  • Bottle tops
  • Jar lids
  • Metal cans/packaging
  • Produce net bags
  • Plastic bags
    • storage bags
    • food packaging
    • grocery bags
  • Plastic bottles/cartons
  • Styrofoam

BIODEGRADABLES/COMPOST

  • 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

  • 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

  • White, clear, green, brown, blue and other colored glass
  • Drinking glasses
  • Non-returnable glass jars/bottles
  • Other glass packaging

*No ceramics, porcelain, at glass or metal/plastic lids

BULK AND HAZARDOUS WASTE

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

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