Disposing of bulk trash, other waste

by Petra Lessoing
435th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Each year in January, the Kaiserslautern County Waste Disposal Office used to publish the dates for two bulk trash pick ups in the nine communities belonging to the county.

After implementing a new service last summer and going through a trial period, bulk trash won’t be picked up on two set days anymore, but residents can request their own pick-up days.

To schedule a pick up, call 0631-715-500, fax 0631-7105-449 or e-mail  ute.zimplelmann@kaiserslautern-kreis.de. 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 that don’t fit in a regular garbage can.

Bulk items include carpets, large toys, plastic baskets, ovens, big suitcases, boxes and furniture such as chairs, tables, couch sets and bed frames. The items must not weigh more than 50 kilograms (110 pounds) and be wider than 1.70 meters (66 inches). 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. 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.

Small electrical appliances smaller than a shoe carton can be dropped off in the Umweltmobil (environmental vehicle), a special vehicle that stops at certain locations in the community once a month.

Glass and glass bottles are also items that should be dropped off in special containers set up in each village. 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. There is no waste deposit on Sundays and holidays.

Trash being picked up at the house on a regular schedule includes:    

• Residual waste that is non-recyclable and non-hazardous such as cigarette butts, sanitary items, used wall paper, soiled paper, coal or pressed coal ashes, street sweepings, vacuum cleaner bags, light bulbs and diapers. Residents receive gray bins 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.
• Packing material out of plastics such as foils, plastic bags, yoghurt cups, margarine containers, Styrofoam; metals such as food cans, beverage cans, aluminum foils or lids; and compound materials such as juice and milk cartons, materials for vacuum packing are recyclable and must be collected in the yellow bag, which gets picked up every two weeks.
• Paper, cardboard and heavy cardboard such as newspapers, magazines, wrapping paper, books and food packing materials out of paper or cardboard with and without the green dot. These items are collected in the blue recycling bin.
• 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 is 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, visit the Kaiserslautern County Web site at  www.kaiserslautern-kreis.de or call the waste disposal office at 0631-7105-408 or 0631-7105-505.