German Lesson: der Altkleidercontainer

Just recently, the city of Oberursel distributed new Altkleidercontainer (recycle container for clothing). The official term is actually Wertstoffsammelbehälter für Altkleider, but most Germans don’t use this term.

The new design is very pretty, showcasing an image of a fountain in Oberursel’s Altstadt. Oberursel is the Brunnenstadt (city of fountains) with close to 50 fountains spread out over the town.

Altkleidercontainer Oberursel

Altkleidercontainer Oberursel

These containers got a new design to differentiate them from the commercial ones. In some spots, you still see the official Red Cross containers. If you deposit your recycled clothing in one of these containers, it will go to a good cause. All others are of commercial use.

Underground Glass Recycling in Germany

One  fairly new improvement in Oberursel is the installation of underground recycling containers. I only know of one such location, which happens to be in the newly built settlement of Camp King (early 2000) nearby.

These containers take up less space, reduce the noise, and look very neat as well.

glass recycle bins with underground storage

And if you are not in Germany, take a look to the city of Bielefeld (a random pick) to see what our old models look like.

Other German towns have been implementing this new kind of storage as well, such as the city of Oldenburg.

Three new containers for each location cost about euro 60.000.

Despite the new format, the old rules still apply, such as separating by color, and deposit red or blue glass into the green glass (!) container.

Do NOT deposit flat glass such as window panes (they go to the Bauhof), vases and glass casserole dishes may go into the Restmüll.

Our neighborhood glass containers are still the old-fashioned kind. There is only one good thing about the old type – they are transportable.


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