Whether you’re aware of it or not – but some part of your regular domestic waste is actually biodegradable waste. And in Berlin biodegradable waste basically stands for power, energy and carbon dioxide reduction. So you are kind of expected to separate your biodegradable / organic waste from the rest and place it in special trash bin. This may sound easy at first, but especially for nuBerliners this may be a difficult task to handle.
Usually you should recognize the appropriate trash quite easily: it comes with a brown lid and often has a sticker labelled “BIO GUT” on the front – as you can see in the above picture. Like any other trash bin these boxes are usually picked up and emptied once a week.
What is biodegradable waste? What to put in the bio waste bin?
Since Berlin’s biodegradable waste is mostly turned into bio gas, the list of things you can dump in that brown lidded bin is a bit longer then you might have expected. And it also differs from what you would typically throw on the garden dump or the compost pile., The following things can be thrown in the Biogut-Bin:
- fruits and vegetables – and parts of fruits and vegetables – also citrus fruits
- tea, tea bags, coffee, coffee filters
- egg shells
- left over food – also already cooked food
- flowers, plants, gardening waste
- wrapping paper such as newspaper
How to actually collect biodegradable waste in your kitchen
It can be a bit challenging to actually collect biodegradable waste inside your kitchen. The waste can begin to rot and smell after a couple of days. Especially in the summer time it may even start stinking – and of course it may attract or even breed little flies.
There are however special bins available that are rather suitable to collect biodegradable waste. They are rather small and have a lid. There are also some combi-bins that fit well underneith the kitchen sink. In basically every supermarket there are paper bags available that are biodegradable (“kompostierbar”). In my experience it works best if you place the paper bag inside the bucket bring the organic waste down to the bin every 3-4-5 days.
Here you can find further information about what does go into the the Bio-Bin and what doesn’t on the website of BSR: www.bsr.de/bioabfall-20009.php
You could also order special boxes and bags from Berlin’s trash handling service website for collecting biodegradable waste that are recommended by the pro’s: www.bsr.de/praktische_helfer.php
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