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Household waste

This page provides useful information concerning the collection of waste suitable for incineration in Geneva. You can find information concerning the type of waste that can be disposed of in ordinary dustbins, collection times and authorised collection materials.

Important information concerning the situation of the new coronavirus: the city’s road cleaning service is adapting to the extraordinary health situation facing us at present as well as to the measures taken by the State Council and Administrative Council and the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health. The aim is to protect the health of the administration’s staff while maintaining all essential services. We would like to thank you in advance for your understanding.

Refuse collection via the door-to-door service and at the ecopoints is maintained in full and remains a key priority.
Similarly, cleaning of public areas is partially maintained, with approximately 50 percent of the personnel working in the field. Priority is given to emptying bins in the streets and cleaning the ecopoints.
Un jeune homme jette un sac poubelle dans un container

What waste can be disposed of?

Household waste suitable for incineration is all waste that cannot be recycled, such as:

  • pet litter (for example cat litter);
  • nappies (including biodegradable ones);
  • vacuum bags;
  • waste collected when sweeping the floor;
  • the contents of ashtrays;
  • chimney ashes.

You must therefore avoid disposing of the following waste in an ordinary bin:

Collection material

Bin bags

Household waste must be placed in sturdy, watertight and closed bags meeting the OKS standard, then deposited in a container. The containers are made available to the inhabitants at all times by the building owners.


The containers authorised for use in collecting household waste are plastic containers (PEHD) satisfying European standard EN 840 with a capacity ranging from 140 litres to 800 litres. They must be suitable for collection by the vehicles used by the waste collection department. These containers must only contain household waste.

Collection times

The containers must be left out on public thoroughfares for the street-cleaning – clean city department on collection days from 5 a.m. and no later than 6.30 a.m. They must be returned to their normal location immediately after collection. The household waste collection days are indicated in the street cleaning schedule.

Collection does not take place on the following public holidays:

  • Good Friday and Easter Monday
  • Ascension Thursday
  • Whit Monday
  • National Day
  • Jeûne genevois
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 1 January – New Year

Collections will not be postponed.


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Article modifié le 11.05.2020 à 14:29