Garbage - What goes where?

How which waste is disposed properly can be complicated – the following overview provides useful assistance.

Grafik: ZKE

Grafik: ZKE

Grafik: ZKE

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Information overview

  • Residual waste

    Residual waste belongs to the grey bin.

    Wallpaper Nappies
    Window and mirror glass Vacuum cleaner bags
    Toiletries Adhesive tapes
    Leather goods Porcelain, ceramics, earthenware
    Sponges and dish cloths Road sweepings
    Carpet trimmings Cigarette ends
    Small wooden articles Medicaments

    DON'T throw recyclable waste and on no account appliances or hazardous waste in the grey bin.

    PLEASE NOTE: Solid and pasty medications (for example pills, suppositories, capsules, ointments), as well as liquid medications (for example, drops, liquids, sprays) can be disposed in the grey bin. So that they are properly burned. Additionally they can be submitted in small amounts at the ZKE-Ökomobil.
    Attention! Drugs for cancer therapy (cytostatics) or chemicals, for example for wound disinfection, are not allowed to be disposed of as residual waste. Instead they must be submitted in small amounts at the ZKE-Ökomobil.

  • Organic waste

    Dispose of your biodegradable waste – cost-effectively – in the green bin.

    Fruit and vegetable peelings Eggshells
    Used paper towels Coffee grounds and tea leaves
    Plants and cut flowers Uncooked food waste
    Citrus fruits Green waste

    DON'T throw liquid waste, plastics and cigarette ends in the green bin.

  • Green waste

    Green waste can be disposed against payment at the green waste collection points or recycling points.


    Garden cuttings and weeds Leaves and hedge trimmings
    Grass cuttings  
  • Metals and Plastics / not packaging

    Metals and plastics that are not packaging (buckets, toys, garden hose) can be disposed of in the ZKE recycling centers. The orange recycling bin will no longer exist as of 2021. 

  • Paper waste

    Throw paper and cardboard in the blue bin or a public paper bank near you

    Newspapers Magazines
    Brochures Catalogues
    Writing paper Paper and cardboard

    Dispose of wallpaper, sanitary tissue and coated papers in the grey bin.

  • Yellow bag/ Yellow bin

    All sales packaging waste made of metal, composite materials and plastic belongs in the yellow bag.


    Metal: food cans, beverage cans, aluminum lids, aluminum foil
    Composite materials: beverage cartons, juice and milk cartons, coffee vacuum packaging
    Plastic: foils, bags, carrier bags, yoghurt pots, plastic disposable bottles

    From 2021 yellow bags will be replaced by a free yellow bin. Yellow bags will then no longer be collected! All properties in Saarbrücken will automatically receive a yellow bin by the end of 2020. The yellow bin is emptied every 14 days. Residents must set up the bin on the day of collection by 6 a.m. at the latest and put it back after it has been emptied. The collection dates will be available from January 2, 2021 at The orange recycling bin will no longer exist as of 2021. Metals and plastics can be disposed of in the ZKE recycling center. You can find more information on the yellow bin at

  • Glass

    Glass belongs in the public bottle banks for different-coloured glass.

    Non-returnable bottles and jars, with or without tops, glass beverage bottles, preserve or jam jars, other glass packaging
    Dispose of coloured glass that is neither green nor brown in the bottle bank for green glass

    Throw porcelain, window and mirror glass in the grey bin.

  • Bulky waste

    Bulky waste are furnishings and utensils from households that do not fit into the grey bin because of their size. For example: furniture, mattresses, large electrical appliances and so on.

    You can transport free-standing items of furniture to the recycling depot yourself or it can be collected on site by appointment and for a reasonable charge. Take advantage of our special collection service: 0681/905-7311

    With this number, you can arrange a pick up time with us. On the agreed date, please position the bulky waste until 6 am on the side walk in front of your house (please take care that pedestrians are not impeded!). Large electrical appliances, metal, pure wood and other bulky waste are picked up separately on the same day. Please position them separately on the side walk. PLEASE NOTE: lumber, building rubble or construction waste is no bulky waste! Please get advise on how to properly dispose of these from ZKE, use the number: +49 681 905-7000.

  • Hazardous Waste

    Hazardous waste and toxic substances in small amounts, can be submitted free of charge at the ZKE-Ökomobil.

    Mondays from 9 am - 4.45 pm the Ökomobil is at the Wiesenstraße 20 recycling depot
    Fridays from 9 am - 4.45 pm the Ökomobil is at the Am Holzbrunnen 4 recycling depot

    Additionally you can find the ZKE-Ökomobil on-site in your home area twice a year. Find out when the Ökomobil will be near you by calling + 49 681 905-2000 or the Internet.


Further information

Brochures, posters and further information on waste separation in Saarland can be found on the EVS website.

Further information


Phone: +49 681 905-2000 (Monday to Tuesday, from 7.30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday and Friday, from 7.30 a.m. to 12 a.m., Thursday, from 7.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.)