One of the more challenging tasks of living in another country is attempting to work out how to separate the trash. Every country seems to have it’s own system and Graz is no exception! Also if you live in a multi apartment house you will probably hear complaints from your neighbours if you’re not separating your trash into the correct bins.
As mentioned above non -recyclable items such as electronic appliances, CDs, VHS videos, computer cables, paint, hazardous waste etc need to be taken to the recycling centers and dropped off in the appropriate areas. Or another option is to bring them to the ‘Giftmüllexpress‘ – a special bus that visits neighbourhoods around Graz on different dates to collect non-recyclable good and hazardous waste. You can see the schedule and what they will accept here (for example electronic items need to be under 50cm).
The city of Graz has useful app (in German) with a detailed list of commonly thrown items and where to depose of them correctly. Plus garbage collection dates for your neighhourhood.
Batteries can be taken to any store that sells them new.
Cooking Oil can be taken to certain Spar supermarkets (you can pick up a collecting jar from participating stores).
Expired medicine can be taken to pharmacies.
Leftover food can be dropped of at several locations around Graz organised by Food Sharing Graz (includes an English translation). There are even outdoor fridges at some locations.
Clothes / toys / furniture / books and other household items in good useable condition can be donated to Caritas. You can also pick up a ReUse box to fill with small donations. Another option for small donations is the Verschenkladen store Leonhardstraße 38 (it’s free to take things too).
Garden waste (grass, leaves, cuttings etc) can be disposed of in special paper sacks ‘Grünschnittsäcken‘ which can be brought for €3.70 at service centers around Graz and Recycling centers. You can then put them out next to the bio waste bin.
Reuse Fridays at the Recyclingcenter 2, Sturzgasse 8 13:00 – 17:00 (March – October) will also take household items, furniture and electronic goods etc that are in working order for free.
And if you’re looking to replace your items, here are some places to buy second hand.