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Waste separation works. We show you how and why.

The dual systems initiative provides information about recycling in Germany – how it works and what it’s good for.

Packaging that you have separated stays separated and can therefore be recycled.

Did you know that ...
... you must dispose your face mask and disposable gloves in the residual waste?

Join the fight against the corona virus and protect the employees in the sorting plants! Dispose of all products such as face masks and disposable gloves that may have been contaminated in the residual waste. Then they will be incinerated and cannot infect anyone else. However, please separate packaging carefully. Save, e.g. by folding or pressing, valuable space in the Yellow Bin or Yellow Bag. In the current situation, local changes may occur, for example in the removal of recyclables. If you have any questions, please contact your municipal waste advice service directly via our menu item "Waste separation works/Your waste adviser".

Did you know that ...
... separating waste saves CO2?

Recycling is good for the environment. In Germany, the recycling of packaging from the yellow bags and yellow bins and glass, paper/cardboard/carton containers already saves around 3.1 million tonnes of CO₂ per year! This is equivalent to the total annual CO₂ emissions of the city of Bonn. But this can only be done if you correctly separate your packaging from the non-recyclable waste.

Did you know that ...
... the colour of the glass containers is important?

Be it white, green or brown glass - correct waste separation makes sense: it's the only way for glass to be recycled. For example, if brown glass gets in with white glass, all the glass will be discoloured when it is melted down. By the way: Other colours, such as packaging made of blue glass, is disposed of with green glass.

Did you know that ...
… not everything made of plastic belongs in the plastic bin?

The yellow bin and the yellow bag are containers for packaging. This means: It's only for things that used to have something in it – packaging. This includes plastic cups, sausage packaging, tins, cans and toothpaste tubes, but not plastic toys or old plastic buckets.

Did you know that ...
... it helps to take the lid off the yoghurt pot?

A big problem when it comes to recycling are packaging components made of different materials. If you do not separate the individual components of the packaging, it cannot be fully recycled. A plastic yoghurt cup with an aluminium lid is an example of this. The sorting machine cannot separate the lid from the plastic cup, which means one of the packaging components does not get recycled.

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Answers to frequently asked questions

The following answers to frequently asked questions are about
the dual systems, waste separation, the recycling of packaging
and recycled materials.


That’s how you correctly separate waste!

Separating waste correctly isn’t difficult. And if you’re not sure, you can find the right information here. The separation charts for the yellow bag and the yellow bin as well as for the three glass containers and the various paper products tell you what goes where.


Note: If you discover an error in the information, please contact us using our contact form so that we can correct it immediately. Thank you very much!

Waste separation works!

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about the different packaging, recycling and the dual systems.


The quiz for master waste separators

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