Recycling – The German Way

Recycling in Germany is an exact science.  It is not like Australia where you have a bin for your rubbish plus a bin for your recycling and you just throw all of your recycling together in one bin. No, here in Germany, recycling must be carefully divided into paper and cardboard, plastics, white glass, brown glass, green glass and bottles that have a pfand (deposit).

Bottles that have a pfand like soft drink and alcohol get taken to the supermarket and returned using the coolest system ever and you get a little receipt that you can use at the supermarket to get a discount on your purchases.

All other recycling get taken to your local recycling station, which for me is located 3 minutes down the street at the local church St Stephanus and sorted into bins.

Recycling Bins

Therefore once a week, usually on a Sunday, I take my plastic container full of my recycling and place it in the correct bins.

There is the bin for paper and cardboard where you must rip your cardboard up to fit it into the slot.  This was fun with all my Ikea boxes.

Then your plastics like milk cartons etc.

Then your glass bottles and heaven help you if you put a brown bottle in the white bottle bin.

Finally there is the bin where all your other rubbish goes, which thankfully is out the front of each apartment building.

which is clearly labelled so you know exactly what the bin is for.

I never thought taking the rubbish out would be such a complicated task. However, I’m glad to see recycling taken so seriously and even though at times it’s annoying, I’m happy to do my small part for the planet.

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About Meg

A thirty something queer Aussie geek girl who now lives in Germany.
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One Response to Recycling – The German Way

  1. Rah says:

    Trust the Germans to turn recycling into rocket science ;)

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