PCS Resources: Disposal of furniture and household items on the German economy | Article


USAG Wiesbaden Re-Use Center accepts reusable items and provides them free of charge to community members.
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WIESBADEN, GERMANY – Disposal of furniture and household items during the permanent change of station seasons is not limited to facilities available on a U.S. Army installation. There are several ways to get rid of, sell or donate property on the German economy.

Getting rid of old furniture and household items that won’t make it through another PCS move can seem overwhelming. Often, this same predicament arises for incoming and outgoing members of the community.

In local communities outside the facility’s gates, Germany offers a variety of facilities to assist with item disposal. Recycling yards called “Wertstoffhöfe” are facilities where people can get rid of household waste, bulky items and items that are not picked up by the local waste collection.

There are three recycling yards in Wiesbaden: Nordenstadt, Dotzheim, Bierstadt. Typical opening hours are: Tuesday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm and Saturday 8:30am to 4pm. Normally, most recycling yards are closed on Mondays. Private households can take items with a volume of up to 700 litres, which is about as much as you can fit in a normal-sized trunk of a personal vehicle. On-site staff can help you sort items and find the right containers. To prove that you live in the area and therefore have the right to use the recycling parks, the employees on site simply ensure that your license plate matches the city of the recycling park you are trying to enter. utilize. For example, anyone using the Wiesbaden Recycling Yards must have a license plate beginning with the letters “WI”.

Another service of interest to residents of off-duty accommodation who need to dispose of larger household items is the “Sperrmüll”, or bulky waste service. Each private household in Wiesbaden can make four individual bulky waste collection appointments per year free of charge by telephone or online by contacting the ELW Service Center. Bulky waste collection accepts loads up to a quantity of five cubic meters. Appointments in Wiesbaden can be made by telephone on +49 611 7153-0 or by registering online at https://www.elw.de/login. A similar service exists in Mainz. To schedule a pick-up appointment there, call +49 6131 123434 or visit https://eb-mainz.de/wir-kommen-zu-ihnen/sperrmuell/terminanfrage.

Additionally, community members who have like-new items can drop them off at the USAG Wiesbaden Reuse Center. The reuse portion of the Clay Kaserne Recycling Center accepts reusable items and provides them to community members free of charge. This is separate from recycling and run by an authorized voluntary organization. The Re-Use Center is open Mondays and Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information on schedules and volunteering opportunities, visit the group’s Facebook page, “Wiesbaden Re-Use Center”. Proper recycling saves energy, reduces air pollution, decreases greenhouse gas emissions and saves money.

Find more information about the Garrison’s recycling and waste programs at https://home.army.mil/wiesbaden/index.php/about/Garrison/directorate-public-works/trash-and-recycling.


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