The Germans take environmental protection very seriously, especially in separating garbage very well. Germany has been separating garbage since 1904, and it has been gradually implemented and popularized throughout the country for more than 50 years.

Separation of garbage in household kitchens

Their garbage separation starts from the residents’ kitchen. Generally, Germans put four garbage cans in their kitchens, yellow barrels for plastic garbage, blue barrels for paper garbage, brown barrels for rice, vegetables and fruit peels and other kitchen garbage, and black barrels for other garbage and so on. People can take empty beer bottles and plastic bottles to the supermarket in exchange for money.

Plastic bottle recycling policy

Germans are not easily throwing away plastic bottles, beer bottles and cans anywhere. Supermarkets throughout Germany have packaging recycling equipment. Bottles with a recycling logo on the packaging can be taken to the supermarket and put into the recycling facility. Then a ticket is issued, and the customer can get a deposit with the ticket. In addition, supermarkets also have special recycling devices for batteries, medicines, etc.


Waste disposal has given rise to many related industries, such as the extraction of gold from cell phones, the use of plastic bottles as road fillers, etc. After being recycled by professional recycling equipment, plastic bottles will be crushed by a plastic bottle crusher and then processed by some methods. Then they can be reused by various industries, generating stable economic benefits. Waste separation not only protects resources but also provides real benefits to individuals, companies and society, which is the reason why the system is so well established in Germany.