The local company that collects refuse is partly in the hands of the town of Neuss. Privatisation has not reached the extreme lengths of, say, the UK with huge Spanish or French players ruling over the rubbish bins. The waste disposal system is efficient and reliable yet sometimes the trucks make a great deal of noise and cause traffic delays.
Aiming to save important resources, the Germans are famous for having one of the most efficient recycling systems in the world.
Different coloured bins at home are available; grey (grau) for general waste; blue (blau) for paper and cardboard; yellow (gelb) for plastic, metal and cartons; glass; brown (braun) for biological, food and garden waste. Collections take place at predetermined intervals, depending upon the type of bin.
Batteries, electronics and other waste such as chemicals need to be collected as do bulkier objects. Glass can be disposed of in any of the some 200 containers around town.