The alpha and omega of recycling is clean waste separation

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.

Which garbage bins are there and which garbage are they meant for?

Basically, waste separation in Germany is very simple and quick to explain! There are five categories:

  • Lightweight packaging (LWP) made of plastic, aluminum, tinplate or composite materials such as beverage cartons
  • Bottle banks for glass (no drinking glasses, no flat glass)
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Residual waste
  • Biowaste

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:

Plastic Recycling – what's in the Yellow Sack?

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.

Are all packaging equally easy to recycle?

That depends on many factors. Green Dot's service Design4Recycling gives advice to companies on the design and production of packaging. Our goal is to make your packaging easily to recycle without damaging its functionality.

Recycling of Paper and Cardboard

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.

How to dispose of glass packaging

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.

The Green Dot's sorting assistance in different languages

What's allowed in the yellow sack?

Our practical web and print sorting assistance eliminates all doubts about sorting waste into yellow sack and yellow bin. Just download, print and install!

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