Know the right way to dispose of your trash

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Residents in the villages of the Kaiserslautern County and in the City of Kaiserslautern each have specific dates for the pickup of waste. Usually they receive little booklets listing pickup dates and tips for trash disposal.


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 0631-7105-500 or e-mail

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.

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.

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, lawn mowers, 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, which are smaller than a shoe carton can be dropped off in the “Umweltmobil,” or 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.


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.


The residual waste 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 is non-recyclable and non-hazardous.

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.


Waste to be placed in yellow bags includes 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.


In the city of Kaiserslautern, residents store 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 in see-through plastic bags. In the county, residents place their paper waste in blue recycling bins.


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 should visit www. or call the waste disposal office at 0631-7105-408 or 0631-7105-505.

Residents of the City of Kaiserslautern can find information at or can call 0631365-3521.

City residents can pick up the new garbage guide of the city of Kaiserslautern 2012 at the German-American Community Office on Lauterstrasse 2.