Recycling in Germany: Not just a Trend, but a Lifestyle


Germans are known for being organized in many aspects of life. It's often joked that German trains always run on time, meetings start right at the top of the hour and friends are always punctual when they meet up. However, this organization runs as deep as their trash habits. Germans are crazy about recycling and separating all of their waste! 

What community need did I learn about?:

I suppose this "community" would be the entirety of the German population, but I'll focus on my community of Chemnitz. 

Why does the community have this need?:

This community obviously needs to have their trash taken care of in an ethical and environmental manner. Germans see the importance of preserving the environment and take control into their own hands. In fact, Germany has the highest recycling rate in the world. According to Planet Aid, Americans recycle 34 percent of all the waste they create. In Germany, however, that rate is 66 percent!

Is this need being met? How?:

This need is definitely being met. Let's discuss how Germans organize their trash. There are four main types of bins in a typical household:

-Biodegradable: anything that is perishable like fruit, vegetables and other leftovers 

-Plastic/Packaging: packaging that comes from items