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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.

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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

Containers must be put out by the building management  between 7:00 p.m., at the earliest, the day before the collection day and, at the latest, at 6:00 a.m. (instead of 6:30 a.m.) on the collection day. 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 (1st of August)
  • Jeûne genevois
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 1 January – New Year

More détails on the page Information concerning waste


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Article modifié le 26.04.2023 à 16:14