Waste Disposal in Rhine Ruhr

Brightly coloured rubbish bins for every household

Written by Garry on

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Many regional and community waste disposal companies responsible for collecting refuse in the Rhine Ruhr region. Being German, the system is naturally very logical, efficient and reliable yet sometimes trucks make a great deal of noise and cause traffic delays.

Privatisation in Germany has not (yet) attained the results of some other European countries with huge Spanish or French players ruling the rubbish bins.


Different coloured wastage bins are available; grey (grau) for general waste; blue (blau) for paper and cardboard; yellow (gelb) for plastic, metal, small electrical gadgets and cartons; brown (braun) for biological, food and garden waste. Glass belongs in various containers on the streets. Collections take place at predetermined intervals, depending upon the type of bin.

Batteries can be handed over in stores and supermarkets that sell them. Electronics and other waste such as chemicals need to be collected as do bulkier objects.

Starting earlier with recycling precious resources, the Germans are credited for one of the most effective recycling systems worldwide. Even German streets are infamous for their piles of collectables and junk (Sperrmüll) gathered by many foreign hunters and locals alike.