One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Why people through away things? And what do you think about recycling?

Crossroads puts a special focus on the topic of environment and sustainable goals. We decided then to address this issue in a practical way and visited one of the recycling centre in Falkensee where our workshops take place. Recycling is really something very German or at least there is long tradition. 

The easiest way to get rid of ‘old things’ is probably to bring them to one of the so-called ‘Recycling Hof’ (Recycling Cente) of Berlin’s trash handling service BSR. Appliances and electronic devices like old TV Sets, computers, electronics,  furniture, batteries, liquids, CDs etc., you can leave them there for free. However, you’ll have to pay a small fee for some things that should actually go to the regular trash bins.

What we learnt is that to bring old things to a recycling centre is of particular importance for special waste and electrical waste, which can gravely harm nature and our health and must be disposed of separately household waste. In most municipalities, these types of waste are disposed of at the recycling depots. 

We also learnt that if you fail to dispose of the waste in the right container at home, the employees or sorting personnel at the recycling facilities have to re-sort the waste. If we all separate waste properly, this extra effort can be avoided; the costs will decrease, and the environment benefits.

At the end of the visit, we exchanged some impressions

“very good things were through away according to African standards”

 “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

 “Old electronic devises requires more energy; that s the reason why people throw them away”

“I have good experience with second-end shops and online portal where I sell or buy stuff- sometimes it s a fashion thing- we want new things even if the old one still works perfectly.”

And you, what do want to do you think of recycling?