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Plastic recycling

Germany is a clean country and its residents like it that way. A functioning system of waste disposal and especially recycling has been set in place since the early days of debate on climate change.

The local waste disposal company responsible for collecting refuse in Düsseldorf is Awista, with experience stemming back to 1862. Privatisation in Germany has not reached the extreme lengths of other countries where huge Spanish or French players rule over rubbish bins. The system is efficient and reliable yet trucks can create a great deal of noise and cause traffic delays.


Making an earlier start at aiming to save important resources, the Germans are famous for having created one of the most efficient recycling systems in the world. Doubts rise again and again. Many experts claim efficiency would be higher to separate after collection and not at source.

Different coloured bins at home are available. They are grey, grau, for general waste; blue, blau, for paper and cardboard; yellow, gelb, for plastic, metal and cartons; brown, braun, for biological, food and garden waste. Glass belongs in various containers on the streets all around the city. Collections take place at predetermined intervals, depending upon the type of bin.

Batteries should be brought back to the shops that sell them. Packaging can either be left at the store, returned or, with large items, be taken away when delivery has been ordered.

Electronics, electrical gadgets and other waste such as chemicals need to be collected as do bulkier objects such as furniture and kitchen appliances. German streets are infamous for their piles of collectables and junk, Sperrmüll, gathered by hunters from many countries and locals alike. Since many people like to grab a bargain, one person’s junk turns into someone else’s prize. The purest form of recycling!

By Vincent Green, July 27 2020

AWISTA Gesellschaft für Abfallwirtschaft und Stadtreinigung mbH

Höherweg 100
40233 Düsseldorf

+49 211 830 990 99

Sandy beach, water and 2 women


To the surprise of newly arrived expats, some sections of the Rhine in Düsseldorf offer numerous beaches on both banks. The fine sand and shingle are ideal for walking, playing, relaxing and picnicking. Especially on warm and sunny summer days, people flock to enjoy the river. 

Bikes against railings


Hopping on a bicycle, to discover quieter city districts and nearby villages can be enjoyable and most rewarding. Bike paths weave their way across most of Düsseldorf, along the banks of the Rhine and on to outlying regions.

Society & Folk

Society and folk in Germany is often hotly debated and opinions divided. However, anyone who has experienced the hospitality offered in this culture knows more. Germans are more laid back than first meets the eye. Life in Germany as a whole and Düsseldorf especially is peaceful.