Depending on the municipality, each household pays a small basic fee once a year. Fundamentally speaking, the “polluter pays” principle applies: households that produce less waste pay less for its disposal. Particular emphasis is placed on recycling, which is why there are also special waste collection points and pick-ups. Paper, batteries, glass, cardboard, green waste, aluminium, metal, textiles, oil, etc. do not belong in household waste. Plastic bottles (PET bottles) and other packaging can be disposed of free of charge at almost all points of sale. Non-recyclable waste is disposed of in chargeable rubbish bags. These rubbish bags are available at the tills in village shops and supermarkets.
"Eco-points and waste disposal centers"
The municipalities organise eco-points around the urban areas to recycle glass, paper, metal, batteries, etc.
For larger waste such as old furniture, electronic equipement, etc, they have to be brought to the municipality waste disposal center. Your resident card will give you access to your closest center.
Hazardous waste must be specially disposed of because it contains toxic substances and is harmful to the environment. Examples of hazardous waste are paints, chemicals, batteries, electrical goods, energy-saving lamps and expired medicines. These items do not belong in household waste. They can usually be disposed of where they were bought. Producers and distributors are obliged to take them back free of charge. Some municipalities offer a special mobile collection point for hazardous waste, where it can be handed in free of charge several times a year.