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Separating the garbage according to the German rules

The goal of separating the garbage is to facilitate the recycling process of all kinds of waste and garbage.

There are 5 categories:

1.-Light packaging (Leichtverpackungen) of plastic, aluminium, tinplate, composite material (Verbundmaterialien). It goes to the yellow container, we are going to talk about it below.

2.-Glass. It goes in the yellow container too.

3.-Paper. In German “Altpapier”. Here you can drop off paper, cartons, carton packaging, there is always a “Altpapiertonne” (ton) in the building for all the apartments residents.

4.-Biowaste (Bioabfall) Did you cook? where does the egg shell goe? in the “Bioabfall”, there is also a ton for all the building.

5.-Residual waste (Restmüll). All the rest.

The Yellow Container.

To drop off the packaging and glass, you are going to find near to your apartment a yellow container, that trash is for recycling. Aluminium: tins, cans, aluminium packaging, spray cans, pet-food cans Empty glass bottles: clear, brown and green glass. By the way, blue glass goes to green glass. In this container, you can not drop porcelain, stoneware, light bulbs, drinking glasses, mirrors or window panes. Plastic: packaging, plastic bags… yoghurt tubs and tops, toothpaste tubes, milk pouches made of plastic.

Do not belong in the yellow container: Baby feeding bottles, ballpoint pens, CD’s and floppy disks, ceramic pots, children’s toys (wood/plastic/tinplate), china crockery, cigarette ends, cigarette lighters, clear plastic folders, disposable razors, electrical equipment, hygiene articles, ladies’ tights, left-over food, metal pots and pans, nappies, old clothes, polystyrene residues (e.g. from insulating material) › sticking plasters, toothbrushes, unemptied packages, video cassettes, wallpaper leftovers, wood shavings.

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