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Organic waste

From waste to valuable compost

Organic waste becomes valuable compost. A cycle copied from nature makes it possible. Fruit and vegetable peelings, faded flowers and shrub cuttings are too good for the residual waste bin and are irretrievably lost there. Collected in the organic waste bin, they are composted and improve the soil. Learn more about the proper handling of organic waste.

Separated from household waste

Organic waste is collected separately from normal household waste. The organic waste collected separately in the brown organic waste bin thus does not end up unused in the residual waste, but is turned into valuable compost in a composting plant.

This compost is suitable for improving garden soil and for planting flower boxes, tubs and raised beds. This closes a natural cycle. Waste is turned into a new, high-quality product.

Autumn leaves

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Frequently asked questions

What belongs in the organic waste bin?

  • Bread and cake scraps
  • Egg shells
  • Cooked fish and meat scraps, bones, food scraps
  • coffee grounds, tea bags
  • compostable small animal litter
  • Leaves, lawn clippings, branch and shrub cuttings, wild herbs Lettuce, vegetables and fruit (including citrus fruits)
  • Withered flowers

What does not belong in the organic waste bin?

  • Waste that is not compostable (e.g. sanitary products, plastic bags, nappies).
  • Waste that contains pollutants (e.g. batteries)
  • Liquid food waste, oils and fats
  • Cat and small animal litter
  • Foil bags (see below)

Are compostable foil bags allowed in the organic waste bin?

No, compostable foil bags have no place in the organic waste bin !

In the composting plant, they interfere with the rapid composting of the organic waste. Moreover, most of them only decompose into smaller microplastic particles, but do not decompose into high-quality humus.

You can find more information here: https://www.wirfuerbio.de/egw/

Where to put the autumn leaves?

Asa general rule, leaves also belong in the organic waste bin! If there is an excessive amount of leaves, we offer you the seasonal bin.

Click here for information on the leaf bin.

Click here for all information on green waste collection.

How do I prevent odours and maggot infestation?

Possibilities to prevent unpleasant odours and maggots are:

  • Place the organic waste bin in a cool and shady place if possible.
  • Make it difficult for flies to get into the bin, keep the lid closed.
  • Wrap kitchen waste, especially bones and bones, in newspaper .
  • Line the pre-sorting container and the organic waste bin with crumpled newspaper or egg cartons.
  • Allow moist waste, such as lawn clippings, to dry out. Insert an intermediate layer of crumpled newspaper
  • Clean the bin regularly (or have it cleaned)
  • Control maggot infestation with rock flour or lime

What are the barrel sizes?

The organic waste bin is available as a 120 l and 240 l container. The 120 l bin is obligatory.

For larger gardens or households, the 240 l bin is recommended. You can easily apply for changes online.

What do I have to pay attention to in summer?

Unpleasant odours and vermin infestation can occur especially at high temperatures!

Tips on how to avoid odours are given above under the item "How to prevent odours and maggot infestation".

What do I have to pay attention to in winter?

In sub-zero temperatures it can happen that organic waste freezes in the bin, in which case the organic waste bin cannot be emptied or can only be partially emptied.

Here's how to avoid this:

  • If possible, place the organic waste bin in a frost-protected place, e.g. in a garage, the night before emptying.
  • Keep the contents of the organic waste bin as dry as possible
  • Wrap kitchen waste in newspaper.
  • Mix crumpled newspaper with the organic waste.
  • Allow coffee filters to dry a little
  • Remove frozen waste from the inside of the bin before emptying.

Is the organic waste bin compulsory?

The organic waste bin is a compulsory bin. Organic waste must be kept separate from other waste.

Those who can compost the organic waste on their own property and recycle the compost on their own property have the option of self-composting.

What happens to the waste in the organic waste bin?

The organic waste collected in Bocholt and other district municipalities is taken to the composting plant of the Entsorgungsgesellschaft Westmünsterland and processed into high-quality compost there.

You can find out what happens to your organic waste here:

Where can I get Bocholt compost?

You can get Bocholt compost at the recycling centre. (For more information, click here.)