Why is garbage sorting important

By Sonja .. 2

We all know that it is actually important - but not all of you have done it yet: waste separation. According to a survey by the statistics portal Statista from December 2016, in which the disposal behavior in Germany was recorded, 74% of the almost 1000 respondents separate their garbage - if possible also on the go. Nevertheless, only 36% of all respondents state that waste separation is dictated by their rental. Obviously, too few people are aware of the importance of waste separation, which is why we would like to take up the topic and try together with you to increase the numbers towards 100%. Proper waste separation is important for climate protection and therefore concerns us all equally. Take a look at how correct waste separation works and get active yourself!

What exactly does waste separation have to do with climate protection?

New consumer goods are constantly being made from a wide variety of recyclable materials, such as metal or plastic, which means that a raw material crisis is foreseeable. However, if you separate your waste correctly right away, then the various recyclable materials such as paper, plastic and glass can be used directly for recycling. Proper waste separation also saves energy, since most of the energy would not be required for the extraction, transport and processing of primary raw materials (e.g. crude oil, minerals, ores). This reduces the emission of climate-damaging greenhouse gases.

The more waste is sorted in an environmentally friendly way and fed back into the recycling cycle, the fewer natural resources have to be mined, fewer natural spaces are destroyed and less toxic CO2 is emitted! The capital Berlin is one of the most important pioneers in terms of waste separation and thus climate protection, because 403,000 tons of CO2 are saved here every year through correct waste separation. Of course, protecting the environment and ultimately ourselves is always more - both in Berlin and everywhere else - including your personal household.

Which garbage cans are there and which waste belongs in which bin?

When it comes to waste separation, a distinction is made between five different types of waste, each of which has its own bin: recycling bin, waste paper bin, waste glass bin, organic bin, residual waste bin.
Here is a tabular list of examples of which waste belongs in which garbage can, so that the environment is protected.

Waste separation What belongs in which bin?What is allowed here, because of the environment and recycling, Not get thrown in?Remarks
Yellow bin: recyclable materials
Packaging and other waste made of plastic, metal, composite materials
  • Plastic jars, bottles & cups
  • Canisters & watering cans
  • Plastic wrap & bags
  • Plastic items, styrofoam
  • Pots, tools, aluminum foil, screws, cutlery
  • Metal tins & cans
  • Milk & juice cartons
  • Cigarette boxes, wooden boxes
  • No wood,
  • No electrical appliances
  • No batteries
  • No lightbulbs
  • No medical waste such as syringes or tubing
  • No toothbrushes
  • Recyclable materials are washed in recycling facilities, so they do not have to be rinsed out
    Blue bin: waste paper
    Paper, cardboard, cardboard boxes
  • Newspapers
  • Books
  • Catalogs, magazines
  • Envelopes (also with window)
  • Wrapping paper
  • Flour & sugar bags
  • Muesli, shoe, toy & washing powder boxes
  • Etc.
  • No Tetra Paks
  • No wallpaper leftovers
  • No heavily soiled paper (even oily baking paper)
  • It is best to always shred your paper waste to save space.
    Brown bin: organic waste
    vegetable material and biodegradable material
  • Flower & plant waste
  • Potting soil
  • Vegetable & fruit waste
  • Leftover food
  • food gone bad
  • Coffee filters & tea bags
  • Napkins, handkerchiefs & wipes of paper
  • No ashes
  • No vacuum cleaner bags
  • No diapers
  • If you don't use organic bags, you have to empty your rubbish in the big bin - then put the plastic bag in the yellow bin
    Black bin: residual waste
    non-recyclable household waste
  • Diapers
  • Feminine hygiene articles
  • Cotton swabs & pads
  • Dressings, plasters
  • Ceramics, porcelain
  • Vacuum cleaner bags
  • Ashes & cigarette butts
  • pen
  • No carpet
  • No chairs
  • No construction waste
  • No paints
  • No engine oil
  • Bulky waste, renovation & construction waste, electrical appliances, problem waste not in the black bin!
    White / green bin: waste glass
    white and colored glass
  • Glass bottles
  • Jam jars & preserves made of glass
  • Baby food jars
  • Mustard jars
  • Etc.
  • No porcelain,
  • No ceramics
  • No stones
  • No tiles
  • No lightbulbs
  • No special glass like lead glass or fireproof glass
  • The glass is sorted by color (white or colored glass). If you don't have any waste glass containers in the house, you can use the igloos in the public areas.


    According to the Federal Environment Agency, around 28 million tons of CO2 emissions could be saved by 2020 if improved processes are used in waste management. We can all help to protect our climate through correct waste separation and to conserve resources that are not infinite.

    If you book a cleaning lady with us, our standard cleaning also includes taking down the rubbish. Unfortunately, no one can do your trash to sort out beforehand. However, we are happy to take over all other household tasks for you!