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Waste disposal

Why do we separate trash for disposal? Where do we dispose of special types of trash? What do animal owners need to know?

You can listen to brief introductory information in your language here:

For all city-related questions on trash disposal:
Abfalltelefon Stadt Luzern: 041 208 78 70
+ www.abfall.stadtluzern.ch
+ Abfuhrplan  (collection schedule)

For general questions on trash disposal:
Abfall-Telefon REAL: 0800 22 32 55 (0800 ABFALL)

Frequently asked questions
REAL recycling - entsorgung - abwasser - luzern

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The more trash you separate for disposal, the more money you can save while protecting the environment.

The following will be collected from your home:
  • Trash/ special trash
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Compostable materials

The following can be deposited free of charge at the Ökihof:

  • Aluminum, coffee capsules, dry-cell batteries, electrical items and appliances, cardboard, paper, oils, glass, PET bottles, tin cans, books, styrofoam, clothing / shoes, metal items, light bulbs, and energy-saving bulbs

The following can be deposited for a fee at the Ökohof:

  • Building materials (Fee: CHF -.30/kg)
  • Wood (Fee: CHF -.30/kg)
  • Tires (Fees: without rims CHF 4.- / with rims CHF 7.-)
  • Special trash (Fee: CHF -.30/kg)

Further information on excluded collection days, supplementary collections, cardboard containers, shredding service, composted earth, and animal carcasses:

+ Entsorgungshinweise Stadt Luzern
+ Abfuhrplan der Stadt Luzern
Trash disposal and recycling are complex procedures. In the areas served by the REAL Association, regular and special trash are collected from your home by special vehicles and transported to the trash-incinerating plant (KVA). As this is quite expensive, the REAL Association requires a bag- or weight-based fee. Most trash that can be disposed of separately can be dropped off free of charge at one of our eleven Ökihofs.

+ Regional and local Ökihofs

+ waste disposal multilingual
If you want to have your household or special trash collected, you must purchase and use the official REAL trash bags or trash stickers.
You can buy the official REAL trash bags and stickers at the following places: Cashiers of supermarkets such as Migros and Coop, postoffice and at some kiosks and filling-station shops.
To dispose of special trash –such as mattresses, furniture, or carpets – you need special trash stickers.

Special trash can also be dropped off at any of our eleven Ökihofs (Fr. 0.30/kg).

Burning trash out of doors is forbidden in Switzerland.

+ Further information regarding trash disposal
+ waste disposal multilingual information
Waste disposal
The REAL trash bags, special trash with stickers, and marked containers may be placed at the official collection site on the day of collection by 7 a.m. Collection times may vary.

+ To find out when your trash will be collected REAL
+ To find out when your trash will be collected Stadt Luzern
Some trash should never be disposed of in regular trash bags. This includes:
  • Batteries, power packs, and coin batteries
  • Fluorescent tubes, discharge lamps
  • Energy-saving bulbs
  • Electrical and electronic devices
  • Hazardous waste
Bring these items back to their place of purchase for disposal.
Hazardous wastes are materials that require special disposal methods due to toxicity or other characteristics. It is of prime importance that hazardous wastes never be disposed of with normal trash or in sewage.

The most important household hazardous wastes include:
Paints, varnishes, adhesives, acids, alkalis, decalcifiers, drain cleaners
  • Aerosol cans, compressed-air capsules
  • Medications
  • Mercury, thermometers containing mercury
  • Solvents, paintbrush-cleaning solutions, thinning agents, denatured alcohol
  • Chemicals, poisons, Javelle water (potassium hypochlorite solution)
  • Pesticides, wood protection agents
  • Insecticides, weed-killer, fertilizer
  • Materials you are not familiar with
The stores that sell these products are required by law to take them back and dispose of them.
Large amounts of waste are produced in kitchens and gardens every day.
Compostable waste is collected separately, converted to biogas in a fermentation plant, and made into compost at a central composting facility.
The following materials may be placed in the compostable waste collection:
  • Raw-food and garden waste
  • Coffee grounds, tea leaves
  • Flowers, plants, Christmas trees, tree-limbs, twigs, roots, lawn cuttings, leaves
What should not be disposed of as compostable waste?:

  • Synthetic and clay containers
  • Leftover foods and cat litter (salt content resp. hygiene) belong in the regular trash
  • Ashes (dampened and packed in leakproof bags) belong in the regular trash
+ For questions regarding compost collection

Shredding service

A shredding service (Häckseldienst) for mid-sized garden waste (branches, shrubs, etc.) is organized twice a year, in the spring and fall, by the road department. Application can be made at the Lucerne City Abfalltelefon (041 208 78 70).

Composted earth

Can be obtained from the City Nursery (Stadtgärtnerei), Riedstrasse, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring your own container. Small amounts are free of charge.
Old clothes belong in the clothing-collection bag or in second-hand shops – provided they are not damaged and can still be used. Used furniture in satisfactory condition and children’s toys can be brought to the resale or second-hand shop (Brockenstube).
Furniture that can no longer be used must be disposed of as special trash.
Most of these items can be reused meaningfully via sporting-goods, toy, cycle, or internet exchanges and flea markets.

+ You can find some of the resale shops in and around Lucerne here
+ Caritas Luzern
+ Clothes Disposal
+ Information regarding Lucerne’s City Flea Market
Mobile phones
You can return old eyeglasses to the optician’s shop or donate them to a charity.
Old mobile phones should not be put into the trash bag. They are disposed of as electronic scrap (the Ökihof or place of purchase).

You can bring old books, DVDs, and CDs to resale shops, second-hand shops, or antiquarian bookshops. Books can also simply be passed on by hand or via exchange or trade forums on the internet. Books, DVDs und CDs can also be dropped off at the Ökihof.

+ You can find some of the second-hand shops in and around Lucerne here
Whenever you walk your dog, always take along special bags for the dog’s droppings (Robidog). As a dog owner, you are responsible for collecting and disposing of your dog’s messes. The disposal bags can be purchased in a pet shop or simply taken from one of the Robidog dispensers on the street. Most communities have so-called Robidogs to dispose of the bags. These are special, green containers for dogs‘ droppings.

Cat litter goes into the regular trash, not the compostable waste collection.

Animal carcasses can be brought to the City Werkhof for disposal:

Stadt Luzern, Werkdienste
Reusseggstr. 10/11, Luzern
Telephone: +41 (0)41 429 80 20

+ Further information regarding the disposal of animal carcasses

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