How should trash and recyclables be stored?

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Delegate an area in your home to store trash and recyclables separately away from food and kitchen surfaces (also consider pets and pests restriction). Use multiple, easy to clean containers, each assigned to a different waste type.

However disposing trash and recycling separately isn’t all there is to do. “Trash” eludes to all different kinds of waste, so make sure to follow your local waste disposal and recycling plan.

In Germany, for example, each house or apartment block is delegated multiple waste containers (aka bins), that residents use to dispose of their waste.

In your own country/region, it’s likely that different color codes are used in order to organise waste, however taking Berlin as an example, we can observe a typical, domestic waste system:


Black / Gray Bin
(Residual Waste aka Restmüll)

Blue Bin
(Paper & Cardboard)

Yellow Bin / Bag
(Plastic & Soft Metals)

Green / Brown Bin
(Organic & Bio Waste)

Glass Bottles / Containers
Brown, white, and green glass is separately disposed. Each neighborhood segment or block are delegated containers for each glass type. Read more about the “Pfand System” here.


Composting is another option that residents can explore.

waste domestic management

How can we manage recycling at home?

“Managing” recycling can be achieved by following the simple steps mentioned above, i.e. by abiding by the local waste system structure put in place by your local council / environmental authorities. This entails disposing of each waste-type separately into individual waste containers in your home.

Other best practices in the form of rinsing/removing food or liquid remains from containers, packaging or bottles before disposing of them is also important. This helps to keep the waste-cycle operating more efficiently/cleanly.

Following the Zero-Waste “5 R’s” is a great way to ensure that you are living as sustainably as possible!

These principles are:

  • Refuse
  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle
  • Rot

Avoiding the use of single-use-plastics is ofcourse another important aspect of living sustainably.

Living more sustainably

There are endless changes that we can make in our every day lives that can reduce our footprint and help the environment.

– Composting
– Reducing waste volume
– Using cleaner energy
– Recycling
– Using public transport or cycling where possible
– Eliminating single-use-plastics
– Shopping locally and supporting a local economy


According to Forbes, 77% of Australian and American people would like to learn how to live more sustainably. Together with sustainability we can also strive to live more ethically and avoid buying animal and wildlife endangering products.

Incorporating a zero-waste kit into your daily lifestyle may be another great starting point. A zero waste kit is designed to remove single-use plastics from your daily lifestyle, replacing them with sustainable, reusable alternatives.

A water bottle, a coffee cup, reusable cutlery, reusable bags, and food containers are part of this kit.

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