Plus it is a lot of oil...at least 6 or 7 bottles full now. Germany; Bonn, Düsseldorf and North Rhine and Westphalia (5) Frankfurt am Main and Hesse (1) Hannover and Lower Saxony (1) Leipzig and Saxony (1) Mainz and Rheinland-Pfalz (1) Munich, Nuremberg and Bavaria (3) Stuttgart, Freiburg and Baden-Wurtemberg (1) Weimar and Thuringia (1) BY category . Carefully pour the used, cooled cooking oil into a large, sturdy plastic or wax-coated leak proof container, such as the original container or a juice carton, no larger than 5-gallons in size. May 24, 2015 @ February 26, 2013 @ I hope this helps! No, not the yellow bag. Please please tell me that I have to tell my kids that it’s ok to just throw it in, don’t worry about the drippings. Ali If we went the German route it would be total chaos or that they would have to do it all on alternate days. It is really complicated here, but I’m glad they’re trying to do so much for the environment. I don’t understand why anyone would want your mattress after it got rained on though! I think I’d need to print a cheat sheet and have it posted somewhere in the kitchen! I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions! i m confuse about the paper wast like pizza box, egg box and kind of box made of paper. February 26, 2013 @ Plastic items and other non-paper packaging materials go in here. Ali One is the standard bin with a yellow lid on for recycling cans and bottles and the other one is again a standard bin but with a green lid on it and that’s for stuff from the garden i.e. 10:35 PM. February 26, 2013 @ Then the night before, you put the trash out on the sidewalk. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; As for cooking oil, we don’t really use a lot, just a few drops in a pan, so when we’re done cooking there really isn’t any to dispose of. 11:56 AM. February 25, 2013 @ I feel like I’m constantly coming across a new one I didn’t know about. Disposing of used cooking oil. November 13, 2013 @ It is a pain, but you get used to it after awhile. It’s not expensive. Ha! I’m trying to get rid of old Gorilla trunks, and an old computer laptop. When in doubt, it probably goes in the black. ‘Bitte Fuettern” means “please feed” and sometimes they even paint a little animal face on it. I have a question , where do I get the yellow bags from ? But if you’re not buying plastic bags anymore, the only other thing I can think of trying is a paper bag. How To Dispose of Cooking Oil. But ask one of your neighbors because rules vary from region to region. Andrea We live in Berlin now, and I’m finding that even from one apartment complex to another, there are different rules. We’ve read that they burn some of it, so they want to make sure they’re not burning things that shouldn’t be burned. The city sends us a magazine each year in December. Now that I’m using more environmentally friendly bags to do my supermarket shopping, I no longer have the plastic bags to line my bins… and I hate to say it, but I really miss them. It looks like you have six plus a collection for Christmas Trees and other stuff. Ok so I have to walk down to the bins carrying single pizza boxes or can I throw them away in a plastic bag? March 31, 2018 @ March 18, 2014 @ When I visit in the USA and see family and frends just dump it all togther it feels weird after all these years of German recycle. You could also add about 2-3 tablespoons of detergent to each cup of oil/fat and mix well. Or at least save you from getting scolded by a neighbor. You have to put these bottles and cans into a machine that spits out a receipt with your refund amount. 2:36 PM. Garbage and recycling in Germany is way more in depth. amzn_assoc_default_category = "All"; I cant help wondering whether the bins themselves are even recyclable. Yes, just throw all your paper into the paper bin. 10:20 AM. How do we know all of this wonderful information? For anyone out there that may have wondered what to do with old lawnmower fuel at the end of the season. During the cold winter periods, Germans had to consume higher calorie and nutritious foods to sustain their health. Once there are no more fat globules the stuff can go down the drain. Although maybe it’s a sign that their trash categories are too difficult to decipher, so they have to redo it anyway. Just thought I’d share, of course your community may be different thus your mileage may vary…. March 23, 2014 @ I’m glad you survived your visit , nirmal amzn_assoc_default_search_phrase = "eco friendly"; So this may vary depending on what part of Germany you’re in. When my husband and I bought our new mattresses, it was for an additional bedroom, so we weren’t getting rid of the old one. But I must say, I’m still flummoxed by the process here, and evidently  I’m not the only one. Then when you buy your groceries, the refund gets applied to your total. There are a couple other ways to dispose of the oil. I hope they were nice if they had to point out mistakes! I too live in Germany and wondered if I was the only American that thought this garbage puzzle was created to cause chaos amongst the people. So egg shells, banana peel, scraps of food you didn’t eat, that kind of thing. Hehehe. So a glass container.. even though glass should go in the bottle banks hehe. Our system in Norway is exactly the same except for the yellow bag – and how we need a yellow bag! I am still laughing today.Thanks god for our recycling, Ali Can I put the residual waste in a plastic bag before I put it in the black trashcan in order to protect the trashcan? She'd then put the oil container (with cap on) into our non-recycle bin for collection. Include RaquelNyema International Company, Bressmer & Francke (GmbH & Co) KG . You know, I’ve heard that the trash is often piled into one place, despite our meticulous sorting. February 27, 2013 @ September 7, 2013 @ The exception to that is paper. Glass jars like from pasta sauce or pickles or wine go in the glass recycling, and there’s usually a receptacle in your neighborhood where you sort clear/brown/green glass. Crystal Your English is great! I’m kidding. They are orange, so people notice them better (in other cities they are green or grey). Huh? Absolutely do not pour it down the sink or toilet. LOL! Such a shame! Or somewhere else in your grocery store, but usually up front somewhere. 7:06 PM, That is just crazy and too much of a headache to keep up with. March 2, 2013 @ Ants and bees are atrocious here. After a couple of rounds, we’ll replace the plastic bag. – electronic garbage And you stop worrying about it if you don’t know where some piece of garbage goes. Subscribe to our Stripes Europe newsletter and receive amazing travel stories, great event info, helpful PCS tips, interesting lifestyle articles and more directly in your inbox! Beware of cooking meat or fish repeatedly in oil, though. 8:59 PM. Bottles and cans – Whether it’s the 2 liter Coke bottle, the smaller half liter Coke bottles, an aluminum can, or a beer bottle, they all go back to the grocery store. We do our best to sort things correctly, but when even the Germans who have lived here their whole lives can’t agree on what goes in which can, we can only put so much effort into it. List of Cooking Oil in Germany Companies , suppliers, manufacturers in Germany. I hope this helps! March 18, 2014 @ Sorry— this system gives me migraines. Germany is a very environmentally conscious country. Germans take their trash very seriously, and it may take a while for newcomers to understand what goes in which bin. Drain the cooking oil into a sealable container, ideally one that you can’t recycle. The costs for garbage collection come out of property owner’s council rates which they pay either monthly, quarterly or yearly. culture shock, Germany, language class Simple. June 1, 2014 @ But basically you should put food waste into the bio bin (usually brown), plastic containers in the yellow, paper in the paper bin (usually green but I’ve seen blue ones in some towns), and most everything else in the restmull (usually black). Kind of funny to think of my post being used as a reference for someone’s apartment building! I’ve seriously seen trash collectors leave something behind along with a note because it wasn’t supposed to be there. Many people think that all sorts of plastics go into the yellow sack or yellow bin. The bin for the paper is literally just for paper and cardboard. There’s no winning with the rules of garbage in Germany. The trash magazine does say to put medicine, like pills that have expired, in the black garbage can, so that should be fine. For the food/bio trash can, they sell biodegradable bags you can use and those are ok to put in the bio trash can. Used books, dishes you no longer want, kids’ toys, just about anything that some scavenger might find useful. 10:23 AM. The first place to start in regards to home cooking oil, is NEVER pour it down the sink. 1:44 AM. We have lived in Germany for 25 years and we continue to be confused at the ever changing recycle requirements. German cooking is often thought of as being very hearty with an emphasis on meat and potatoes. February 27, 2013 @ His answer? They still end up in there about half the time now. marsia Separate glass and plastics and maybe your compost-y stuff, and you’re good to go. I’m surprised that you guys in Germany have to pay for your garbage cans. One is taking it to a local restaurant. – the rest. I hope that helps! Linda CARDBOARD-BLUE BIN This place (Germany) still slays me with the trash collection and separation process. Sorry I can’t help more! December 7, 2014 @ 3:45 PM, Weekends are for laundry - Grounded Traveler Well just wasn't sure that was environmentally friendly or what not. Add more warm water. 10:10 PM. 1) Bio: a brown bin – This is for food waste. I don’t remember this from my visit, but then I’m sure my German host took care of everything for me. They send us a sticker each year to show that we’ve paid for it. Here in Australia garbage collection is handled by the local government (councils, cities or shires depending on what they call themselves and where they’re located). Maybe separate your glass, plastic and aluminum containers for recycling. Those tissues I thought should go in the bio actually go in this one. Dead batteries go in a box at the grocery store, usually next to the bottle return machine. We have a German friend who says food scraps that have been cooked go in the black, but that’s not correct. www.awm.muenchen.de/privatkunde/i_a-z.html. Our garbage is either every week or every other week depending on what it is, I’m glad we don’t also have any once a month things. I know they make a big deal out of these things here. August 18, 2015 @ I bet that “trash day” is not called that, it’s called “pain in the *** day” Brigitte Nafiz Frances As if it wasn’t confusing enough already. Ali Ali BOOK-BLUE BIN amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_title = "Shop Related Products"; Cooking oils can wreak havoc on a home’s pipes as well as local sewage systems. Probably less confusing if you grow up with it though. Seems strange to even let people pay more to not separate their trash. Ryan from Jets Like Taxis ". During my last visit to Berlin, I noticed that nearly every street corner has small orange trash bins labeled “Bin Futtern” which very much impressed me. Or like I did, without a washer for 3 […], Sofie cooking oil - Germany. April 22, 2014 @ I’m sorry to make you nervous Jan! Ali amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "search"; Now, name a container that's on the aproved-for-disposal list which you can put oil in and close. Ali Ali Other glass – Notice I didn’t mention wine bottles up there. They were a pale green color. Ali June 26, 2020 @ Plus certain things differ from one region to another. March 28, 2015 @ Once it's cool, pour it into a full trash bag so the scraps absorb some of the oil. There are always little oddities of what goes where and the annoying bit of taking out the bio before it goes smelly. I felt like I was at school and was hoping there was not going to be an examination at the end of it all, lol. 10:56 AM. Cooking oil Electronics Furniture Large branches Lightbulbs Mercury thermometers Other oils Paint Scrap metal Tires Trees . When you have things too big to throw in the […], Fotini 9:29 PM. Andy dropped the bag at the feet of the person who told him this and walked away. May 26, 2013 @ Ali We have those biodegradable bags too, although they’re not mandatory, so people who don’t want to buy the bags just put their food waste straight into the garbage can. Domestic cooking oil can be correctly disposed of in the "normal" garbage. That’s the black garbage can here, the one you pay for. Place in your Green Bin for curbside collection. When we lived in Freiburg, the town sent out a magazine each year detailing what things went in which trash category. I was tempted to ring them to ask and then get into the circular argument with them. I’d been so proud… , Ali October 20, 2016 @ You have to make the appointment weeks ahead of time and give them a list of what you’re throwing out. Most Germans don’t know the rules 100% either. Hate to be a cynic, but some people are making a great deal of money out of manufacturing and selling these ridiculous numbers of bins, plus the huge specialised trucks needed to empty them, and maybe local officials who order them may get some reward sometimes? Small amounts - small deep fryers - salad dressings: 1 … Depending on what it is, many people will simply put stuff they don’t want anymore on the side of the road without making one of these appointments. May 10, 2014 @ 2:37 PM. You have to make the appointment weeks ahead of time, Blood Transfusions and Hospital Stays: How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Berlin International Restaurant Project: Russia, Sudan, Vietnam, Weekends are for laundry - Grounded Traveler, What exactly is “packaging”? Glad to help Anthony! It’ s true that even many locals are still quite unsure about all the sorting. 3:50 PM. Ali Haha! The game idea…hilarious! A friend of mine from Spain told me her mother came to visit once, and she didn’t realize her mother had put the wrong trash in the yellow bag, and the garbage collectors refused to take the bag and left a scolding note! A pan that’s starting to lose it’s protective coating? Ramstein Airbase just switched over to the German way of recycling. List of Cooking Oil Companies in Germany . But this is only applying to certain types of packaging (and not only plastics). Rapeseed I would use to fry an egg for example as it has pretty much a neutral taste and Olive Oil is a general purpose oil, especially good for marinating anything for grilling with the exception of indian food I and naturally for salad dressings. Interesting. The city sends us a calendar with the trash magazine so we can keep track and figure out when the dates move because of a holiday. 9:03 AM, In Belgium it also depends a bit on where you live, but in general we have to split up: Sorting you garbage properly, according to the ever present German set of rules, wins the game. Thanks Brent, glad to make you laugh! So, after living in Leipzig for 3 months, I had grown accustomed to sorting and composting my refuse. 5 instances of reverse culture shock from my trip back to the US | live . Common nonrecyclable containers that work well include cardboard milk cartons and similar wax- or plastic-lined paper containers. Sorry I can’t help with that one! Should I wrap with paper, keep in plastic bag and then dispose in black bin? That’s hilarious that your neighbors were checking to make sure you sorted your garbage correctly! 3:50 PM. 8:35 AM, […] (which are placed in a box near the glass disposal bin where the refunds are received) and even Christmas trees which are collected on one specific day in […], Brent Interesting that you had one bin for all the recyclable stuff when you lived in Baden-Württemberg. 8:46 AM, […] and doing dishes, just because you live somewhere else. Now that we’re in Berlin, there are big yellow dumpsters for our building. 1:26 PM. Ali Save money on bags and bins. Hi Anne, no worries! It took me a while to figure out how to separate my recycling, when they would pick up what and where to keep all these different bags in my tiny apt! I was surprised to see that even though you and I separate the trash so nicely, they just in turn, toss it all onto one big pile. Could you tell me which brand you buy and where I can get them? Did an IUD Make My Ulcerative Colitis Worse? amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; Hi Frances! Many thanks for the helpful article. February 25, 2013 @ Utilizing bags keeps bins clean and saves on water required to scrub them from spills and stickiness. 11:20 AM. Black. You also pay quite much anyway (for every person in household) per month and that’s it, but it’s easier: plastic, glass, paper…and others. Throwing out the trash is like a complicated skill in Germany, one that requires intense years of study. Plus the different recycling places in the area are all open for very limited hours once or twice a week. Sash So Andy found out the gypsum needed to be taken to the recycling place, which is a solid 15 minute walk from the closest tram stop and only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There’s actually a big sign down the street from us at another apartment building in 7 or 8 different languages telling people what trash goes in which garbage can! 11:11 AM. I would reather pay someone to organize my trash. But they got a special award for “best recycling team” in the olympic villlage. Anthony Expired medications also go in here. Ali 4:54 AM. Preparing meals with cooking oil, especially something that has a lot fat like pork or turkey that requires grease, will result in a vast amount of cooking oil leftover. 11:03 AM. My wife usually takes the discarded/used oil (once completely cooled down) and uses a funnel to put it into the original plastic oil container. But not the brown one. 12:01 PM. Usually they will leave a note on the pile that says “Geschenk” which means gift. But not used tissues. used glass So it’s all really quite confusing. I had a feeling that’s what many people do, just throw a lot of their trash in the Restmull. Sabrina That yellow bag can be confusing. I use rapeseed oil, Olive Oil, Peanut Oil and Sesame oil, the last 2 mainly for stirs frys and generally cooking with woks. Maybe this is a sign I’ve been here awhile, but my first thought when I read your comment was, WAIT, where do you put the garbage that we put in the yellow bag?? February 28, 2013 @ 2:56 AM. It’s just a little gimmick to remind people not to throw their trash on the street. April 12, 2014 @ Eden Thank you again!! In the US, I asked a pharmacist and he said if there is no disposal facility in your area, you must mix them with coffee grounds or something of that sort. All on his Vespa. I just moved to Germany and I want to know where do I put the used Gas tank. Thanks Marsia, glad to help! This post is very helpful. Telephone +49-152-53843865 Address Danckelmann Str.57, 14059 Berlin Yes, in typical teutonic fashion it clearly states the obvious, that [food] oil can be thrown away in a closed container but it doesn't mention what kind of container. So I thought I’d share a summary of how to throw out your garbage in Germany. It kind of becomes just a part of what you do. 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