Currently produced every German annually on average 220,5 pounds of packaging waste. A new packaging law, which will come with the new year in force, to provide more environmentally friendly packaging, more Recycling, and more reusable.

Already there in the first supermarkets at the drinks shelf signs that say “reusable” and “disposable”. This is from January, duty to help customers to decide when shopping conscious. The other provisions relate mainly to the manufacturers of packaging.

you must register in a publicly accessible Register. This is to ensure that the license fees pay the Fund the recycling system. For better recyclable packaging, less charges, will be due.

“residual waste does not belong in the yellow bag”

“Unnecessary packaging shall be avoided, where it goes, or re-usable packaging to be replaced,” says Maria Krautzberger, Head of the Federal Environment Agency . Consumers are not calling on you to support the recycling system and the “rest of the garbage belongs in the yellow bag or the yellow bin, because it complicates sorting and Recycling of packaging materials.”

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However, this is easier said than done, because what belongs in which trash, that’s not always entirely clear. Also, sometimes different rules for the separation of Waste apply in different municipalities. An Overview of the most important rules:

What can be put in the compost bin?

garden waste, pot plants with soil, remains of baked goods, vegetables, egg shells, dairy products, coffee grounds including the filter bags in the organic waste. Also bones, remains of fish, sausage and meat, and other food residues are allowed to be seen, however, according to the Federal Ministry for the environment, only normal household quantities. In addition, away any tea left on, feathers and hair, untreated wood and small animals. litter is made of biodegradable Material in this ton of

What belongs in the waste paper?

Newspapers and magazines as well as books, brochures, leaflets and all documents from offices. In addition, of course, paper and cardboard packaging, with around a gift paper may not be coated.

This is the fundamental point: Everything that is covered or noticeably treated with wax, Oil-impregnation, lacquer and foil, as well as thermal coating is in the paper taboo. This also applies to the receipts and all the papers that are not water-soluble glue: so, sticky notes and labels. Also handkerchiefs and kitchen paper instead of in the residual waste into waste paper.

How can I cut glass?

The green glass comes in the green Container, the white in the white and the brown in the brown. But there is, for example, blue bottles: you like all of the other colors come in green glass.

porcelain and ceramics as well as lamps are in the residual or special waste.

What comes in the Yellow bag or the Yellow bin?

in Principle, materials that are not made of paper and glass in a Yellow bin or bag. This is everything that is made of plastic, metal and composite materials. Some local waste disposal companies limit the tax-free amount for Styrofoam.

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in addition, only substances may be thrown in the Yellow bag or the Yellow bin, which protect a product as packaging. Exceptions to the local waste disposal company for details. In some places, you can dispose of, for example, not only packaging, but also in small electric devices via the Yellow bin.

Where to get packaging and bags made of Bio-plastic?

According to the Federal Ministry for the environment, they may not be in the organic waste disposed of. Patrick Hasenkamp, Vice-President of the Association of municipal enterprises (VKU) holds. In his opinion, the packaging should not be disposed of as organic waste, if they consist of vegetable fibers such as wood or Corn.

“decomposes The Material to slowly in organic waste,” he says. Hasenkamp is recommended, therefore, to throw this kind of packaging in the Yellow bag or the Tonne for residual waste, even if you end up mostly in a waste incineration plant.

What is it with batteries?

Empty batteries and discarded batteries, include boxes in the collection, how they are to be found in construction and supermarkets. You are special waste. In them, materials such as zinc, iron, aluminum, Lithium and silver, plug in the value of the Federal environment Agency explained. In addition, other ingredients such as mercury, Cadmium and lead can be toxic and improper disposal pollute the environment.


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