Correct way to dispose of bulk trash, other waste

Story and photo by Petra Lessoing 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Residents in the county of Kaiserslautern can place their trash in the brown bio container, yellow bag, grey residual waste can and blue paper container. Each household should have received a schedule of pickup dates for their community.

Residents in the villages of the Kaiserslautern County and in the city of Kaiserslautern each have specific dates for the pickup of waste. They should have received booklets and schedules listing pickup dates and tips for trash disposal in January.

Bulk waste:

Each year, the Kaiserslautern County and the city of Kaiserslautern offer residents their own pick-up days for bulk trash; twice a year if needed.

To schedule a pick up in the city of Kaiserslautern, call 0631-365-3521. Residents living in the Kaiserslautern County, should call 0631-7105-505 or email

The bulk trash should be placed at the edge of the sidewalk by 7 a.m. the day of pick up.

Bulk trash includes all items residents would not take when moving and items, which don’t fit in a regular garbage can. Bulk items include carpets, suitcases, mattresses, boxes and furniture such as chairs, tables, couch sets and bed frames. The items must not weigh more than 50 kilograms and be wider than 1.70 meters.

Two vehicles will pick up the trash. One vehicle only picks up wooden items, and the second vehicle collects non-recyclable items. Residents are asked to separate their bulk trash and place it accordingly.

Bulk waste is picked up at no charge and in quantities of less than three cubic meters. For larger quantities, a fee will get charged.

For the first time this year, the city of Kaiserslautern offers a fee-based express pickup of bulky items within three days. Call the same number: 0631-365-3521 for details and dates.

Construction and renovation items such as stones, windows and doors, as well as trees, large branches, oil tanks, barrels and car parts are not considered bulk trash.

Electrical appliances such as washing machines, dish-washers, lawnmowers, refrigerators and freezers are not accepted in a bulk trash pick up. To get rid of these items, residents must arrange a separate pick-up day.

Electrical appliances:

Small electrical appliances, which are smaller than a shoe carton can be dropped off in the Umweltmobil (environmental vehicle), a special vehicle that stops at certain locations in the villages. In the city, residents should take their small appliances to the recycling center on Daenner Strasse 17, down the street from the gate to Kleber Kaserne.

Large electrical appliances such as washers, dishwashers, stoves, will be picked up in the city and the communities. Residents should call the waste management office (see numbers above) to arrange a date.

Recyclable glass:

Glass and glass bottles are also items that should be dropped off in special containers set up throughout Kaiserslautern and the villages. They must be dropped according to color white, brown or green. Since the drop-off creates a lot of noise, residents should stick to specific hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3 to 7 p.m. No waste deposit on Sundays and holidays.

Hazardous waste:

The hazardous waste truck comes once a month to specific locations in every community. Residents can bring adhesives, any type of battery, cooking oil, oil stained rags, used oil, energy-saving light bulbs, fluorescent lights (do not break them), nail polish, paints and varnishes, small electrical appliances, etc.

Residual waste:

The residual waste includes cigarette butts, sanitary items, used wall paper, soiled paper, coal or pressed coal ashes, street sweepings, vacuum cleaner bags, worn shoes, hats, bags, textiles, cat litter and dog excrements. Residents receive grey trash cans for residual waste; the size depends on the number of people living in the home. It must be placed outdoors by 6 a.m. the day of pick up.

Yellow bags:

Waste to be placed in yellow bags includes packing material made out of plastics such as foils, plastic bags, plastic bottles from shampoos, detergents and cosmetics, yoghurt cups, margarine containers and packing foam; metals such as food cans, beverage cans, aluminum foils or lids; and compound materials such as juice and milk cartons and materials for vacuum packing.

Paper waste:

In the city of Kaiserslautern and the county, residents store paper, cardboard and heavy cardboard such as newspapers, magazines, wrapping paper, books and food packing materials out of paper or cardboard in blue recycling bins.

Organic waste:

Organic waste from kitchen and garden such as leaves, lawn clippings, herbage, deceased plants, vegetables, fruit, coffee and tea bags, egg shells, bread, banana and citrus peels, paper towels, food left-overs except for meat or fish will be collected in the brown bio container. Residents, who want to compost their own organic waste on a compost pile in the backyard, don’t need such a container, but should ask their landlord to inform the waste disposal office about it.

For more information, residents of the Kaiserslautern County can call the waste management office at 0631-7105-505 or visit, and click on the American flag. Now they can download the garbage guide or click on the QR code to download the app, which includes the amended refuse pickup plans and a reminder function for pickup days.

Residents of the city of Kaiserslautern can call 0631-365-1700, or visit, click on Service, Flyers and download English information.

The German-American Community Office has garbage guides for the city and county of Kaiserslautern available for pickup. GACO is located on Lauterstrasse 2 in Kaiserslautern. Opening hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays. More information on waste disposal is also available at the GACO website: (click on useful info, then on waste). Those living in areas outside the Kaiserslautern County, can call GACO at 0631-36330-10 to get the appropriate points of contact.