There are often other convenient ways to dispose of your waste other than by taking it to a recycling yard. Many of the materials accepted by the recycling yards can also be collected directly from your premises (sometimes completely free of charge), or put in a public on-street recycling bin. The City of Heidelberg urges residents to take advantage of these services.
You can put green waste in your own biowaste bin. Two sizes of bin are available: 120 or 240 liters. You can also choose between having your biowaste bin emptied weekly or two-weekly, depending on your individual needs. In the summer, all biowaste bins – including those that would normally be emptied every 14 days – are emptied weekly.
The biowaste bin is free of charge for users of the basic service (Teilservice). If you have more garden waste than you can fit in your bin, you can put the excess in large paper bags that are available to buy from the administrative offices (Bürgerämter) for €1. These bags should be put out on the curbside on the same day as the bins are emptied. The cost of collection of the bags is included in the €1 purchase price.
Plastic, metal and composite packaging materials should be put out for collection in yellow bags (gelbe Säcke) every two weeks. The City of Heidelberg also sells yellow bins to residents and businesses, at cost price, even though the Duales System Deutschland (German dual waste management system) only provides for the collection of recyclable waste in yellow bags. Like the yellow bags, the yellow bins are emptied every two weeks. This costs nothing for users of the basic service (Teilservice).
You can conveniently dispose of your waste paper using a paper bin at your home. Paper bins are emptied every two weeks. This is free for users of the basic service (Teilservice). Waste glass goes in public on-street bins around the city.
Bulky items are collected monthly, or even twice a month in some areas of the city. Registration is required for this free service. Private households are entitled to two collections of bulky goods a year (max. 3 cubic meters each time). Online order form for bulky items