Where can I recycle in Berlin?

How to recycle in Germany and do it well ♻️Flach, Rund

In my particular case, I hadn’t realized how much clothing people discard, and how often, until my neighborhood, Prenzlauer Berg, put up one of these garbage cans set up by humanitarian organizations that are supposed to wash it, mend it, and take it to charities. Or they sell it in their own used clothes stores. Even sometimes also as vintage.

At first, there was only one container that was emptied once a week. But soon, before the end of the week, the container was no longer sufficient. Then a second container arrived. And the same thing began to happen: within a few days both were overflowing, with clothes scattered around them.

I’m not suggesting that the garbage cans encourage waste, and that the more garbage cans they put out, the more clothes people will throw away. But instead I do think they give a good indication of the level of waste this society generates. And it’s not just clothing, plastic is another good example. Before we started separating household waste, we didn’t realize that a high percentage of kitchen garbage was made up of the plastic packaging in which practically all the products we buy in the supermarket are wrapped today. Now that there are separate bins for disposable plastic, we can better appreciate its volume.

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How to separate garbage in germany

The Municipality of Guatemala, through the Directorate of Environment and Auxiliary Mayors, in alliance with the companies Tetra Pak® and Diso S. A, offers the residents of the city the Recycling Municenters, located in different strategic points of the city such as: parishes, municipal spaces, among others, with the objective of preserving the environment as well as promoting a culture of waste classification for its correct final disposal through a recycling process.


In the 650 square meters citizens will be able to find furniture, recycled clothes, electrical appliances and restored toys. In addition, there is a point of sale for snacks made from leftover but high quality ingredients.

Also, upstairs is a meeting space that will be used for a series of recycling and reuse awareness events, including the promotion of a scheme for shoppers to borrow cargo bikes to take their purchases home.

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Tidow has revealed that his plan is to open 4 “department stores of the future” selling good quality second-hand goods at attractive prices. So, in the long term, he envisions seeing similar stores in each of Berlin’s 12 districts.

Disposing of furniture in Germany

Do you know how recycling works in Germany? There are usually four garbage cans: food, plastic, cardboard and glass. The colors and the separation of garbage works differently in each country so, let’s take a look at the ones that are normally available in German communities:

When we buy a bottle of drink, whether plastic or glass, it is possible that we get a little cheaper than what is marked on the ticket.  Also some jars or food containers. All of them can have Pfand. To get it you have to introduce the bottles in a machine that is usually at the entrance of supermarkets.

If we can not get the Pfand, we must go to a glass recycling point and, again, separate the bottles. This time in white or dark and we will introduce them in the white or green container, respectively. Their location can be consulted in the web of garbage collection of your city.

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If you have clothes in good condition that you don’t want to wear, you can donate them through city hall containers or NGOs such as the Red Cross. You can also drop them off at clothing exchange points in some German cities.