GERMAN TRASH RULES – 7 Big Ones to Know
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Recycling, compost, trash…which bin is for what and where does it all go in in Germany?!! ♻️ Plus some rules that might even surprise Germans?! Wanted … .

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46 thoughts on “GERMAN TRASH RULES – 7 Big Ones to Know

  1. Good morning!😃 🌸☀️ GERMAN TRASH RULES…what are the trash rules where you live?!🗑 ♻️ Looking forward to learning about more trash differences around Germany and the whole world!😊

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  2. I lived in germany 12 years and what I did was picking up trash in the woods. Such a shame for ppl who thinks to be perfect!!!!!! And, guess what? My neighbors, when I invited them to do the same replied that they are "not paid to pick up others'trash……". Same in my country Italy, same in the french riviera: the world is a dustbin nowadays!!!!

  3. Bei uns ist Sperrmüll bis 3m³ frei und auf unseren Recycling-Hof sind Papier, Plastik und Gartenabfälle frei, alles andere z.B. Bauschutt, Autoreifen oder Sondermüll kostet pro Kilo

  4. We have different Recycling Systems here each County/ City (Ba-Wü). Most common is Gelber Sack, yellow bag. Which is same as you are using yellow bin, but no fill Limits. A bin is full when it is full. Gelber Sack, in this case plural, gelbe Säcke, you can leave as many you want. There is a schedule, they pick up gelber Sack in period of every 2 weeks (here Mondays). The Restmüll and all others you've mentioned is same. Sperrmüll is once in Spring a big Collection, and also scheduled. And you have an Option, for free, to call them twice a year to pick your Sperrüll and getting an Appointment then when they will come. In fact that gelber Sack has no amount Limits, i think it is regulated by the Basic fee. Could be generally higher than yours, i guess.

  5. cool. I have been living in Berlin for over 20 years now,the trash in my house is 2 standard trash bins, 1 bio-trash bin that is for foodstuffs only, 2 paper bins thats are for CLEAN papers only, 2 bins for plastic and a "Special" bin for odd things like batteries,CDs.etc. Sperrmüll is not alowed at all. old furniture? bring it to a dump yourself! Oh I forgot the glass bins, one for clear glass and one for brown/green.

  6. I wish we recycled here in the US like Germany. I feel guilty throwing all this stuff away that can be recycled. There used to be privately owned glass collection bins but they removed them when people kept putting their trash in them and I once saw someone put a couch beside the collection bins. Very sad.

  7. Die Verpackung, die in den gelben Sack darf, muß nur zum dualen System gehören. Der grüne Punkt muß nicht mehr auf der Verpackung sein sein. Das ist aber erst seit 1. Januar 2009 so.

  8. God, I feel soo irresponsible now! I'm from Russia and we don't recycle anything. We just have one big bin for everything, in my neighborhood it doesn't even takes away regularly and sometimes there is trash all over the bins. And they smell A LOT.
    Well we do have some recyclings for paper and glass, but it's more kind of finding a place and bringing your trash there on your own, sometimes very far from your house. And I myself don't even know where it is in my city.
    And we have recyclings for metal, and they pay you for it, like they buy your metal. I don't know if it's similar in other countries.

  9. On the lable of glass bottles in Germany from time to time you see the word "Einwegpfand" meaning that you pay som 5 cents a bottle when buying the drink to be able to get rid of the bottle afterwards in those centres.

  10. We don‘t have a yellow trashbin, Neither we have yellow Sacks. We are supposed to bring everthing to the Recyclinghof. There you have to pur Big plastic wraps into another bin than smalltalk ones. Tetrapacks have their own Box too….ans so on. Luckly the next bigger City has Sacks….These are pickend up once a month, But you can also bring them to the Recyclinghof. Luckly no one ever asked, if we live in the City or in the „landkreis“

  11. Hi Dana, funny how much different kinds there are when you count them 😅👍 but I think 🤔 you got the word 'Sperrmüll' a little wrong: 'Sperr' comes from 'sperrig' = bulky. It is the bulky trash that you do not get into the bins 🤗

  12. As an American who also part German. This video makes me glad that I live in a American town. Where we have only 2 bins for our trash and recycling. In my house we have a red bin for our trash. And a blue bin for our recycling. How is anyone supposed to keep all these bin colors straight. I was already starting to get confused after a minute watching this video.

  13. Ah! Now I understand why people complain about the trash not being correctly recycled: some people really put a whatever trash bag in a bio trash bin, bottles in a paper trash bin, etc. Don't misunderstand me, I am foreigner too, but I think people who just came from poor countries don't really understand or bother about "ordnung" in the first period of living abroad.

  14. Indianapolis- We have one day a month when "heavy trash" is collected with regular trash. Electronics trash has special days and places to be collected. Usually at a fire station or government center parking lot or Municipal Park Parking lot (special bins are there only at that time and are attended by technicians who assure that the trash is generated inside their political boundary only.) toxic chemicals are usually but not always associated with e-trash days.There are fines for improper disposal of toxics and electronics. Most parks and many private businesses and charities collect clean paper as well as co-mingled recyclables that are sorted in a huge facility for this purpose. Frankly its a mess. People don't respect the purpose of the co-mingled and paper "dumpsters" and I am often shocked by the amount of inappropriate materials they contain. (toxics, carpet, food waste, construction debris, things swept off garage floors, etc.) Recycling is not mandatory but suggested. I want it to become mandatory. Scrap metal buyers make a competitive market that influences some people to rummage through other people's trash looking for sale-able metals.Desperate people have even taken aluminum siding off unoccupied houses to sell it or broken into vacant buildings to steal the installed wire and pipes. It's terrible. The public co-mingled bins are often denuded of aluminum in the night by "scrappers" who sell it to dealers peppered throughout the central city.

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  16. I live in Duisburg and we do not have those big plastc things – so for big plastic packages we have to go to the reyeicling yard. But if you bring household trash (which you normally put in your trash container at home) to the yard you have to pay 2 Euros for a rubbish bag!

  17. I recently bought bread in a paper bag with a transparent window in it – which had the instruction to give it to the waste paper. Instinctively I would rather put it into packaging because there's plastic, but apparently there are types of plastic that can go into paper recycling.

    The problem with having to bring oversized rubbish to the recyclinghof is – what do you do when you don't have a car? It's easy for the city, they don't need to send a truck around with strong men to lift that bulky furniture in, but then it can be a logistic problem to move these things around, and renting a van for it is costly.

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