Berliner Stadtreinigung (Berlin Waste Management, BSR) is responsible for the rubbish produced by two million households. In addition, we ensure clean streets, pavements and squares – and ensure safe travel in winter. On this page, we explain for you how waste disposal and rubbish separation work in Berlin.

All rubbish bins in overview

The grey household waste bin

Household waste includes all waste that cannot or can only with great expense be recycled. It is not, however, valueless. Everything that ends up in the grey household waste bin is processed by us in our modern waste-to-energy plant, among other places, into “green” energy and clean heat.

This belongs:


Toiletries and tissues, nappies, animal litter

Crockery, plate glass from windows or mirrors

Vacuum cleaner bags, sweepings

Soiled paper, foil, photos

leftover wallpaper, dried-up paints

Ashes and ashtray contents

This does not belong:

Kein Hausmüll

Plastics, such as plastic cups or bottles, metals and composites (these belong in the recycling bin)

Glasses, bottles (these belong in the bottle bank)

Paper, cardboard (belongs in the waste paper bin)

Fruit and food waste, coffee grounds (belong in the food bin)



Hazardous waste

Construction rubble

Bulk waste

The food bin

All organic waste belongs in the food bin. This helps us to protect the environment, climate and the public purse. This is because we make compost and biogas from the biological waste. The biogas we gain replaces 2.5 million litres of diesel a year, while the compost helps to replace chemical fertilisers.

This belongs:


Leftover food, even cooked (can be wrapped in newspaper)

Old food (without packaging)

Fruit/vegetable leftovers, peelings, including citrus

Coffee grounds, filters, tea, teabags, eggshells

Kitchen paper

Cuttings/stems, leaves, flowers (you can also use BSR garden waste bags for these)

This does not belong:

Kein Biogut

Plastics, packaging, film, bags

Metals, aluminium foil, cans

Toiletries, nappies, vacuum cleaner bags

Textiles, leather

Cat and small animal litter

Treated wood, ashes

Earth, sand, gravel, pebbles

The orange or yellow recycling bin

The recycling bin is for packaging and other objects made of metal, plastic or composites. In Berlin, recycling bins are yellow or orange. The same things are disposed of in each.
If you properly separate recyclable materials (packaging, pots, cans, tins) you aid in their recycling. This preserves scarce raw materials such as crude oil or iron ore and supports climate protection. In Berlin, the companies ALBA and BSR share the disposal of recyclable waste.

This belongs:


Containers, e.g. for yoghurt, margarine

Plastic bottles e.g. for care products, soaps and detergents

Everyday objects e.g. watering cans, plastic bowls, toys

Foil e.g. plastic wrap, plastic bags

Foams, e.g. polystyrene for food

Drink cans, tin cans, bottle caps

Pots, tools, cutlery, screws

Aluminium foils, lids, containers

Drinks cartons

This does not belong:

Keine Wertstoffe

Electrical devices

Energy-saving bulbs



Data media




Hazardous waste

The blue waste paper bin

Used paper is an important raw material. When properly separated, used paper helps save natural resources like wood and water. In Berlin alone, every year, the separated collection and reuse of card and paper saves more wood than is produced by the Grunewald.

This belongs:


Newspapers, magazines, cardboard boxes, card

Paper packaging

Leaflets, catalogues

Books, notebooks, writing paper

This does not belong:

Kein Papier

Leftover wallpaper

Soiled paper

Coated paper (waxed, graphic or photographic paper)

Carbon paper

Bottle banks and bins

Used glass can be fully recycled. It can be melted and reformed into bottles, containers and glasses as many times as you like. Jars and bottles do not need to be rinsed. But please ensure correct separation of white, green and brown glass. This is important for the subsequent recycling process.

This belongs:


Bottles, e.g. for juice, wine, vinegar

Jars, e.g. for jam or baby food 

Preserving jars

Glass packaging

Perfume bottles

Medicine bottles

This does not belong:

Kein Glas

Lightbulbs or energy saving bulbs

Crockery, porcelain and ceramics

Plate glass from windows or mirrors

Crystal glasses

Bulky waste

You can dispose of up to 3 cubic metres of bulky waste with us per delivery without charge. Where? At one of our recycling centres. You can also get us to collect bulky waste. On the saver fare, this costs 50 Euro. You can find further information here.

Bulky waste includes the following:

  • Disassembled large and small pieces of furniture
  • Carpets, mattresses
  • Timber from living areas
  • Scrap such as old bicycles, prams and similar
  • Laminate, door frames, doors and window frames made of plastic (without glass)
  • Plastic parts such as guttering, pipes, cisterns and bath tubs
  • Electrical devices
  • Old textiles (in sacks)
  • Household waste such as e.g. renovation waste in sacks and boxes (to a limited extent)

It is a shame to throw away certain things when other people could use them. For these, please use our free exchange and gift market.