Managing the bulky waste in Munich

April 9, 2021
In Germany, we have to separate waste and garbage, but what to do with bulky waste? Here you find insights into what to do with big pieces that you don't need anymore, & options for giving them a 2nd. life.

Managing the bulky waste in Munich

In Germany, we have to separate waste and garbage, but what to do with bulky waste? Here you find insights into what to do with big pieces that you don't need anymore, & options for giving them a 2nd. life.

We got some questions about what to do with big pieces of trash in Munich, and we decided to share the following information with you.


In Germany, you have to separate waste and garbage, and the people are responsible for doing it.


You can read here about household waste, separated as general waste, biological garbage, paper or plastic, and public glass garbage and plastic containers.  For more oversized objects, there is the so-called "Wertstoffhöfe." There you can give away and recycle different types of large pieces of litter and trash like old refrigerators, old TV, etc., and all kinds of old furniture, metal, or more electronic waste. There is no fee charged. In Munich, there are different locations for the "Wertstoffhöfe," and you will find one relatively close to your place.


We want to mention that you will have to transport all your trash to the Wertstoffhof on your own. But some companies offer pickup service for bulk, this service costs some money, but it's efficient. The word in German is "Entrümpelung," so you can google these services. There is another option:  calling the "Abfallwirtschaft München AWM" to pick up the bulky waste. You have to wait several weeks for the service, and you will probably need half a day off at your work since they work only between Monday and Friday and not after 5 pm.


Recycling and throwing away a significant number of big objects will cost some money, and these are only taken in at Freimann and Langwied. If you plan to bring away just a reasonable amount (say, one old TV, an old refrigerator, some old furniture, some pieces of metal and old carpets), this does not cost you anything, and you can go to any Wertstoffhof.


Halle 2

There is a special Wertstoffhof called Halle 2, where you can buy cheaply the recycled articles and furniture which still has use and value. The objects at Halle 2 have a fixed price, and it is a good option for finding furniture at a reasonable price.


Every Saturday at 11, there is an auction at Halle 2, where you can buy valuable pieces.


We hope this information was useful. Keep in touch with us to find more about the Munich lifestyle on our Facebook fan page.

This post was initially published on our Munich guides in January 2018

Photo by: The Blowup | retrieved from Unsplash

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