Do's & Don'ts - What's in the biowaste bin?

Do's & Don'ts - What's in the biowaste bin?


Since 2015, organic waste bins have been mandatory throughout Germany. But what exactly comes into the bio-bin and what not? Waste separation sometimes seems like a science in itself. But it's not that complicated.

Do's - What's in organic waste?

Green waste:

  • Cut flowers and potted plants (foil coating, plastic or clay pots remove)
  • Root stumps and tree and shrub cut (max Size of branches approx. 10 cm in diameter, remove excess soil)
  • Grass clippings
  • Foliage (only from own land, no foliage from street trees)
  • Wild and weeds
  • Pet dung (animal by-products from natural materials such as Sawdust or straw, no dog and cat litter of mineral materials, no animal excrement)

Kitchen waste

  • Vegetable and Obstreste
  • Fruit peel
  • Eggshells
  • Cooked leftovers (leftovers like potatoes, vegetable garnishes, etc.) and meat remains are not always in the bio bin)
  • Bread and pastry scraps
  • Spoiled food (without packaging)
  • Teabags and coffee filters
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Paper napkins

Important: In d He usually meat scraps, sausages, fish leftovers or bones in the biowaste bin come. But in some municipalities, meat waste belongs in the residual waste.

Don'ts - what is not in organic waste?

  • Hygiene articles, diapers
  • Vacuum cleaner bags
  • Street sweeper
  • Contaminants, batteries
  • Packaging, Plastic bags
  • Small animal litter made of mineral materials
  • Dog excrement
  • Textiles
  • Treated wood
  • Flower pot
  • Toxic plants (eg Ambrosia, Giant Bear Claw)
  • Larger quantities of liquids


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