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Recycling
Pronunciation: / riˈsai‿klɪŋ /

Cultural Note: Recycling

All Hausmüll (domestic waste) in Germany is collected in at least three bins, and waste materials are recycled and reused. The Biotonne is for biodegradable kitchen waste (vegetable and fruit peel, meat, cheese, nutshells, tea leaves and coffee filters, etc.). The Wertstofftonne can be used for plastic containers, metal objects, cans, aluminium, textiles, etc., and anything with a Grüner Punkt A separate Papiertonne is used for paper and cardboard, although most wrapping is discarded at source or is re-used - German supermarkets don't hand out a free supply of plastic bags. The Restmüll is for sweepings and general household rubbish. Bottles and glass are taken to the Glascontainer (bottle bank). A deposit on drinks bottles encourages returning empties to the shop. There are also collection points for fridges, freezers, and bulky items. See also Duales System

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