Sorting your waste only makes sense if you do it right!
According to surveys, an overwhelming majority of consumers in Germany supports waste separation and packaging recycling. In order for this potential to be used in the best possible way and for modern recycling to be able to develop its environmentally friendly effect, a few simple rules should be observed when sorting waste.
Basically, waste separation in Germany is very simple and quick to explain! There are five categories:
For each of these waste types own collection containers are available.
One of the most common questions about waste separation is: What belongs in which bin? In most cases, household waste is separated as follows:
Packages made of plastics belong into the yellow bin and the yellow bag. They are both reserved exclusively for lightweight packaging made of metal, composites (e.g. drink cartons) and plastics. Our comprehensive sorting assistance gives a quick overview of dos and don'ts in the yellow bag.
Waste paper, i.e. paper, cartons and packaging made of these materials, belongs into the waste paper collection. Most households in Germany use their own paper bin for this purpose.
Empty bottles and glasses belong into the bottle banks. You will find them nearly at every corner in Germany. Important tip in glass recycling: Glass packaging should be sorted by color into the containers for clear, green and brown glass! Blue glass always belongs in the green glass container. Things you should not dispose of in the bottle banks: ceramics, porcelain, stoneware, light bulbs, drinking glasses and flat glass such as windows or mirrors.
Residual waste and biowaste each have their own bins and should be kept separate properly. But no rule without exception: Local collection systems can differ from each other. Get informed by the local authorities or the responsible disposal company.
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