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Organic Waste Bin

What you need to know about the organic waste bin

Since 2015, use of the organic waste bin is mandatory, unless you compost and utilise your organic waste yourself on your own property (home composting).

The organic waste bin is emptied every 14 days and costs € 69,96 per year. If you would like to order an organic waste bin, contact the revenues department of the Merzig municipal authority on 85-271, -272 or -273.

An administration fee of € 25 is charged for registration. The fee for deregistering or re-registering, for example if the property owner changes, is € 6.50 per container.



What goes in the organic waste bin?

  • Fruit, vegetables and salad waste
  • Flowers and plants
  • Citrus fruits, eggshells
  • Potato and onion peel
  • Fruit peel and nutshells
  • Coffee grounds, filters and teabags
  • Food waste in normal household quantities (e.g. stale bread, pasta)
  • Meat products
  • Grass and hedge cuttings (chopped)
  • Leaves, weeds, fallen fruit
  • Dirty paper napkins, kitchen roll and tissues
  • Indoor plants
  • Solid cooking fats (well wrapped in paper)
  • Biodegradable cat litter and small animal bedding
  • Natural wood chips

Not permitted:

  • Ash, cigarette waste
  • Aluminium and plastic film
  • Road sweepings
  • Content of vacuum cleaner bags
  • Treated or painted wood
  • Leather
  • Plastic bags (including those marked as compostable)

Bio-plastics based on renewable raw materials such as corn, wheat are oil are advertised as “biodegradable”). They are, but over a much longer period than the other content of the organic waste bin or the compost heap. They interfere with the decomposition process and are separated as foreign substances. Use paper bags instead or simply use newspaper.


A few practical tips for using the organic waste bin:

  • The organic waste bin should be placed in a cool and shady location. This inhibits fermentation and decay processes.
  • Line the bottom of the bin with newspaper. This helps to prevent waste residue being left behind when emptying.
  • Important: Fill up the bin loosely and do not press it down, otherwise the waste can adhere together and the bin cannot be completely emptied.
  • If the bin is only partially emptied, loosen the waste inside with a broom handle before the next collection.
  • Wrap moist waste in newspaper. This keeps in the moisture and, in winter, can limit freezing of the waste.
  • Allow grass cuttings to dry before putting them in the organic waste bin.
  • Only open the organic waste bin lid briefly to fill it and never leave it open for long periods. The same applies to collecting containers in the kitchen.
  • Wipe the lid and lip of the organic waste bin from time to time with a cloth soaked in vinegar. The smell wards off flies and this prevents them laying eggs. The same effect is achieved by spraying the organic waste itself with a mixture of lemon oil and water (an intensive lemon smell is important).
  • Heavily soiled containers (pre-collection containers and the organic waste bin) should be cleaned after emptying.