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Garbage collection: In the event of these errors, the garbage will not be picked up

If the garbage cans are left empty on the street on the day of the garbage collection, it is extremely annoying. However, the owners of the bins are often responsible for them. Because in the event of gross violations of the disposal rules, the garbage disposal does not have to take the waste with them.

But even if you do everything correctly, you cannot be one hundred percent sure that household waste will be picked up. There are four reasons why the garbage disposal can leave the bin empty. Only three of them can be influenced by the consumer himself. These tips for correct waste separation should be followed in any case.

"There are essentially three reasons why garbage cans are not emptied," explains Ronald Philipp from the Federal Association of German Waste Management, Water and Raw Materials Management (BDE) in an interview with "In the event of a serious incorrect filling, if the lid no longer closes and if the waste is too compacted."

If the bin is filled incorrectly, garbage disposal will not empty it

When it comes to incorrect filling, the BDE spokesman does not mean that a single piece of waste ends up in the wrong bin by accident. In such a case, as a goodwill gesture, most waste disposal companies would take the garbage with them just to save complaints from angry consumers. "But if the residual waste bin is suddenly three times as heavy because it contains all of the rubble from the last bathroom renovation, then it just stays there," says Philipp.

But even with less serious errors, the garbage disposal is not obliged to take the garbage with them. It is up to the user to ensure that only permitted waste ends up in the respective bins, even if this can sometimes be difficult for the individual - for example in a large apartment building. Especially if there are repeatedly bins with the wrong content at a pick-up point, the goodwill of garbage collection should come to an end at some point. These are the most common mistakes in sorting waste.

Overflowing garbage cans may leave the garbage disposal

Overfilled garbage cans can also be left standing. "Overflowing bins cause considerable problems when emptying", Philipp explains this rule. Some of the waste does not end up in the garbage truck, but next to it when the bin is tipped.

"In the event that the existing bin is not sufficient for the amount of waste, the municipal waste disposal companies offer plastic sacks with a volume of 70 liters, which you simply put next to the garbage can and which are then picked up." However, extra fees are due for this. The exact amount depends on the respective disposal company, but should rarely exceed a single-digit euro amount.

Garbage pressers face fines

Those who shy away from additional fees, but cannot manage with the volume of their bin, may come up with the idea of ​​simply compacting the garbage a little more. Garbage compactors are available in stores that "reduce the volume of waste by up to 70 percent", as some suppliers rave about. The sale of such garbage presses is also allowed, but the consumer is usually not allowed to use them. Because the compaction reduces the volume of the garbage, but of course it does not change its weight.

"For reasons of occupational health and safety, the bins must not be too heavy," explains Philipp. Most municipal waste statutes expressly prohibit the compaction of household waste. Many municipalities rate the use of rubbish presses as an administrative offense and sometimes threaten severe fines - sometimes up to 50,000 euros. Driving with a larger bin and slightly higher fees is much cheaper.

But regardless of any fines, garbage presses are not recommended. Either the garbage cans are not emptied in the first place because they are simply too heavy or the garbage is so strongly pressed that it does not come off when tipped and remains wholly or partially in the can. In addition, waste compactors make it difficult to separate waste in the sorting plants because the materials are too tightly compressed.

Garbage cans shouldn't be too heavy

Almost all waste statutes limit the total weight of the garbage cans. The municipal regulations differ slightly from each other - in Dresden, for example, the 240-liter ton may weigh a maximum of 85 kilos, elsewhere up to 100 kilos are allowed. However, it is not weighed exactly anyway. The garbage trucks usually do not contain scales. The main aim of the restrictions is to prevent inadmissible heavy waste such as building rubble from being disposed of in the garbage can or from being excessively compacted. Only when a barrel is clearly too heavy does it stop empty.

The bin can remain full even through no fault of your own

So can you be sure that your own garbage will be picked up if you have properly separated the garbage and neither pressed it nor overfilled the bin? Unfortunately not necessarily, as Ronald Philipp has to confirm. If, for example, it is impossible for the garbage truck to pass through poorly or incorrectly parked vehicles in narrow residential streets, the bins there would sometimes not be emptied. "Safety always comes first," said the BDE spokesman. In the end, the driver decides whether he can still get through with the garbage truck without risking damage to his own or someone else's vehicle.

However, the residents are not necessarily responsible for the blocked passage and, because of the fees they pay, they are actually entitled to have their rubbish picked up. "This is of course very annoying for the consumer," admits Philipp and explains that the garbage disposal would often stop at the point in question later. "But there is no legal obligation that prescribes this," he also emphasizes. If the blockade of a street is known in advance, for example because the street is being renovated or other construction work is taking place, the disposal companies would inform the residents where they have to take their rubbish so that it can be taken away.

There are four reasons why the garbage collector may refuse to empty the bins.

The garbage can was not emptied: what now?

Whenever the garbage can remains full, it is quite a nuisance for those affected. Especially if it is not clear why the waste was not picked up, the first step is to contact the local waste disposal company and ask. The garbage disposal may just have forgotten the bin. Then the waste will be picked up within a few days at no additional cost.

Otherwise, it depends on the individual case how best to proceed. "In the event of incorrect fillings, you can, for example, re-sort manually yourself," explains Ronald Philipp. Under certain circumstances, you don't even have to wait for the next scheduled emptying. If you live near another garbage collection route, you can be lucky and the disposal company declares that it is a goodwill gesture to collect the correctly sorted garbage at no additional cost. The only alternative is to order a special emptying. The prices for this are different in each municipality. Roughly, however, you can expect costs between 20 and 40 euros per ton.