In Bonn, there are four different garbage cans for household waste. The collection dates can be viewed online at any time in the waste planner or in our app. The standard interval for residual waste (gray garbage can) is collection every 14 days. However, depending on the number and volume of garbage cans, there are also shorter emptying intervals here. The green garbage can (organic waste) is emptied every 14 days and the blue garbage can (waste paper) once a month, although we can also offer the housing industry individual, chargeable collection dates for the paper garbage can. The yellow garbage can, on the other hand, is emptied once a month by the Remondis company.
All waste must be placed at the street for collection by 6:30 a.m. on the day of collection. Please be considerate of pedestrians* and make sure they can use the sidewalk without interference. Please make sure that the lid of your trash can is always closed. Overfilled containers will not be collected. This also applies if the maximum weight of the waste containers is exceeded. Therefore, please do not squeeze the waste into the garbage cans or the container. Otherwise they cannot be emptied. Information on the weight and volume of the garbage cans can be found in our waste statutes.
We have summarized important information on disposal for you in the leaflet "Where to put your waste".
- The leaflet is also available in Ukrainian as an accessible web version.
- Other languages (English, Arabic, Turkish, Russian, Spanish, French, Chinese) can be requested as a printed version from Customer Service.
Organic waste bin
The green waste bin (also called organic or bio waste bin), for which no additional fees are charged in Bonn, is for vegetable and untreated (food) leftovers from the kitchen and waste in small quantities from the garden (for example wilted flowers or weeds). We at bonnorange support garden owners who want to compost themselves with specially trained compost advisors. They will visit you as a garden owner and inform you about composting. To get you started, you will be given a pre-sorting container and a composting guide. The offer is a free service. Request your advice from our customer service on 0228 - 555 27 20 or by e-mail.
What belongs in the organic waste bin?
What does not belong in the organic waste bin?
✓ Cleaning residues from fruit and vegetables such as potato and apple peelings, lettuce leaves, apple kitsch, eggshells, coffee grounds, tea bags,
✓ Garden waste: wilted flowers, shrub prunings in small quantities, leaves, weeds, twigs.
✕ Waste of animal origin such as meat, sausage, bones, cheese,
✕ prepared and salted food waste such as bread, potato salad, cooked vegetables, stews,
✕ Compostable film bags (e.g., made from potato, or corn starch) and products made from biodegradable plastics. Visually, these cannot be distinguished from plastic bags and are perceived as so-called "misfills".
✕ Coated papers and glossy paper,
✕ Sweepings and vacuum cleaner bags,
✕ Cat and dog feces,
✕ Cat litter or litter from carnivorous animals,
✕ Tree cuttings, lawn sod (worn lawn sod, as the organic waste bin becomes too heavy and quickly breaks down, disposal via the mobile and stationary green containers or as a trunk load to the recycling centers).
✕ Soil (large weight makes organic waste bin break down more quickly, disposal: larger quantities via a specialist company).
- The 120-liter organic waste bin is available to private households in all parts of the city. In large housing estates, 660- or 1,100-liter containers can be installed.
- Sacks, cardboard boxes and other containers filled with organic waste, as well as garden waste of all kinds left next to the organic waste bin during collection, will not be taken along.
- Particularly moist organic waste should be wrapped in newspaper or paper kitchen towels.
- More than 20 years ago, the Federal City of Bonn was one of the first cities nationwide to introduce separate organic waste collection. As a result, a large part of organic waste was taken out of the residual waste bin and returned to the natural cycle via the organic waste bin or, in some cases, through self-composting. Separate collection is the basis for conserving resources and sustainably protecting the environment. Therefore, it is stringent that, as a further step, a distinction is made between organic kitchen and garden waste. After all, garden waste and leaves can be recycled even more efficiently via other disposal channels.
Tips for use in winter:
- In winter, the contents of the organic waste bins will freeze in sub-zero temperatures due to the high water content of the waste, even when left for a short time. The plastic of the waste bin becomes brittle in freezing temperatures, so that violent banging on the bulk of the garbage truck could more easily damage the waste bins. Therefore, frozen remains may remain in the organic waste bins, which unfortunately cannot be collected afterwards.
- If possible, place the organic waste bin under frost-proof conditions. Wrap the organic waste in newspaper or kitchen paper. This will help prevent it from freezing to the walls of the waste bin. Line the bottom of the waste bin with shredded, thin twigs or newspaper. This will help prevent freezing on the bottom of the waste bin. When filling the organic waste bin, always insert intermediate layers of newspaper or cardboard egg cartons. In general, please do not use coated paper or glossy paper.
- Allow wet waste to dry out, as only wet waste will freeze solid. You can also try to carefully loosen the contents of the waste bin with a long stick and remove it from the edge of the waste bin.
- If the frost persists, place the organic waste wrapped in newspaper outside for about one to two hours. In this way, the organic waste will freeze before it goes into the waste bin and will not freeze solid inside the waste bin. Please hand in green waste at the collection points.
- There is no magic formula for avoiding frozen organic waste, but with these tips, we have a good chance of emptying the organic waste bins even in frosty weather. Please understand that once the organic waste bins have thawed, they cannot be collected afterwards due to time constraints. Also, additional quantities provided for collection cannot be disposed of.
Tips for summer use:
- Be sure to fill properly. Keep the waste bin lid closed at all times to minimize insects from laying their eggs in the waste bin and to prevent odors from escaping to the outside. Do not leave the organic waste bin in the blazing sun. During the warm summer months, wrapping the wet organic waste in newspaper or adding garden lime will help prevent odors. If necessary, clean the organic waste bin with a garden hose, for example, or hire a specialist company to clean it.
In the flyer "Biowaste and composting" we have summarized important information on the subject for you.
Residual waste bin
The gray waste bin (also called residual waste bin) is intended for so-called residual waste. The gray waste bin is emptied by waste management employees and taken to the waste recycling complex. There, waste that is no longer suitable for recycling is recovered for energy. You can find out in detail how this sustainable and environmentally friendly form of recycling works at www.swb-verwertung.de.
What belongs in the residual waste bin?
What does not belong in the residual waste bin?
✓ Hygiene articles, such as diapers, pads, incontinence pads, etc.,
✓ Cigarette butts,
✓ soiled packaging (e.g., pizza boxes, frozen food packaging, etc.),
✓ soiled napkins and paper handkerchiefs,
✓ sanitary paper (paper towels),
✓ sales slips/cash register receipts,
✓ Vacuum cleaner bags,
✓ Ash (cooled),
✓ light bulbs and halogen bulbs,
✓ broken dishes,
✓ plastic office supplies (pens, pencils, fountain pens, desk pads, etc.),
✓ flower tubs, flower boxes, flower pots made of plastic or stoneware (for appropriate quantities as car trunk loads for a fee to the recycling centers).
✓ Leftover food that is not organic waste from private households or tea kitchens.
✕ Recyclable waste, such as paper, cardboard, packaging that has been emptied of residues, organic waste.
Paper waste bin
The Blue Bin (also called paper waste bin) is intended for waste paper and is offered in Bonn without additional fees. The production of paper from waste paper reduces fresh water consumption, wastewater pollution and energy requirements. Both environmental protection paper and recycled paper consist of 100 percent waste paper.
What belongs in the paper waste bin?
What does not belong in the paper waste bin?
✓ Paper and cardboard packaging (e.g. folding boxes), cardboard boxes,
✓ Newspapers, magazines, illustrated magazines, catalogs, writing, copying, computer paper,
✓ Books (please remove hard covers).
✕ Milk and juice cartons (yellow bin/yellow sack),
✕ Hygiene waste, diapers (residual waste),
✕ Wallpaper (residual waste, accepted as car trunk loads for a fee at recycling centers),
✕ Carbon and tracing paper (residual waste),
✕ coated fax paper (residual waste),
✕ cash register receipts (often consist of thermal paper coated with bisphenol A, therefore to residual waste),
✕ soiled paper (e.g. party plates: residual waste),
✕ file folders (residual waste),
✕ cardboard scraps from fireworks.
To be noted:
- Waste paper, even if it bears the "Grüner Punkt" symbol, does not belong in the yellow waste bin.
If more paper or cardboard accumulates than usual, it is possible to use the blue containers placed in the public street area. Their locations have been integrated into the Bonn city map and are only intended for the delivery of household quantities. In exceptional cases, you can place your waste paper bundled, filled in cardboard boxes or paper bags (not in plastic bags) at the roadside by 6:30 a.m. at the latest on the collection day of the blue waste bin. The maximum edge length of the cardboard boxes is one meter and the maximum permissible weight per cardboard box/paper bag is 15 kilograms in accordance with the lifting and carrying regulations. The free waste paper containers for household quantities of waste paper and cardboard can also be used at the recycling centers.