Not all trash is created equal

by Airman 1st Class Kristof J. Rixmann
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
An example of unacceptable disposal of bulk trash. Keep the bin platforms free and clear of any boxes, large items and excess garbage bags. Having items on the platforms prevents the contractor from being able to access the bins to empty them. There are recycling centers located on Ramstein and Vogelweh available to on-base residents when the bins are full. Courtesy photos
Personnel who are leaving the Kaiserslautern Military Community should be sure to properly dispose of their trash. If needed, the recycling centers in the area provide the perfect means to get rid of junk and trash, while also helping the environment and adhering to German law.

Military personnel living off base or in housing on Ramstein, Vogelweh, and Landstuhl have become accustomed to the thorough methods of trash disposal in Germany.

It is important to remain mindful of these laws even while going through the permanent change of station process.

The trash contractor provides yellow bags and three color-coded containers to indicate where to dispose waste. Most trash falls within one of these categories.

Yellow bags represent plastics, rinsed food cans, beverage cartons, styrofoam, and wax paper.

Blue containers are for all paper products such as magazines, books, and leaflets.

Brown bins are for biological waste such as kitchen and yard scraps.

Garbage that does not contain pollutants and cannot be recycled, such as ash, cigarette ends, rubber, toiletries, and diapers will go in the black containers.

Shops and supermarkets collect hazardous waste, such as batteries and power packs, where they will be disposed of properly.

Individuals living on base are able to use the recycling centers located at building 5146 on Ramstein and building 2821 on Vogelweh.

Military members, and their families, living off base are allowed to use recycling centers found in their towns and villages.

For any trash or recycling-related questions contact the Kaiserslautern Military Community Housing Office at 0631-536-6671.

Knowing these laws will ensure a smooth PCS for service members and their families.