GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Service members, civilians and their families living on-post Tower and Rose Barracks can purge their homes of bulky, hazardous and autumn yard waste in the USAG Bavaria community cleanup effort Nov. 13 – 17, 2017.


What is Fall Cleanup?


Every year, as the trees become bare and leaves pile up along sidewalks and lawns, the USAG Bavaria Directorate of Public Works leads a concerted effort to beautify the installation before the season gives way to the cold, snowy months of winter.


During fall cleanup, DPW crews, tenant units and organizations work together to clear access ways, public spaces and recycling stations of any remaining built-up debris from the summer. Leaves are collected, roads and sidewalks are repaired, and recycling centers organize turn-in days and offer longer hours for special waste disposal.


Community members can also help with the community-wide clean sweep and use this time to de-clutter their homes and workspaces of bulk trash and automotive and hazardous waste.


When is it?


This year, the week of fall cleanup is Nov. 13-17. Residents at Tower and Rose Barracks can expect to see more cleaning crews collecting leaves, clearing roads and carting waste off the installation.


Waste management conducts curbside bulk trash pickups at housing areas and troop billeting Thursday, Nov. 16. Residents can set their bulky items and other authorized waste in designated pickup locations and along the curb as early as Monday, Nov. 13. 


What can I trash?


Fall cleanup provides on-post Tower and Rose Barracks residents with one-time curbside pickup services for large and heavy bulk trash and leaves. Residents can also dispose of automotive and household hazardous waste by taking them to the appropriate drop-off points (more on that below).


Regular refuse and recyclables, including paper, plastic, metal, glass and bio waste, are not part of curbside collection. Leaving these items on the curb — otherwise known as illegal dumping — is strictly prohibited. Community members can take excess refuse and recyclables to the on-post recycling centers.


How to dispose of bulk trash and leaves


Divide your bulky, miscellaneous trash into three groups: items too large or heavy to transport by car, smaller items that can fit into a normal trunk, and leaves and yard waste.


  • Large, heavy bulk trash  Separate large, heavy bulk trash items, such as furniture, mattresses, carpets and large televisions, into two piles: metal-based (bicycles and appliances) and all other large, bulk trash. Then, place these items in your housing or troop billeting area’s designated waste pickup or storage zone — typically an island or fenced-in area of recycling containers — between Nov. 13 and Nov. 16 at 6:30 a.m. Items should not block entrance to the waste containers. Also, please handle refrigerators and freezers with care to prevent damage to cooling coils.


  • Smaller bulk trash  Smaller, easily transported bulky waste items, such as microwaves, vacuum cleaners and computer parts, are not part of curbside collection. Please take these items directly to the on-post recycling centers. During the week of fall cleanup, on-post recycling centers are open the following hours:


Central Recycling Center, Tower Barracks, Bldg. 700 (Tank Road between Gates 4 and 9)
Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – noon


Recycling Center, Rose Barracks, Bldg. 107 (next to Central Issuing Facility, Bldg. 102)
Mon – Wed, Fri 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thu 1 – 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


  • Leaves and yard waste  Please place leaves and other related yard waste in clear, visible bags or open containers in authorized pickup locations for Nov. 16 collection. Dark trash bags or bags with indistinguishable contents will not be serviced.


What about hazardous and automotive waste?


In general, products with harsh chemicals are considered hazardous waste. In accordance with German mandates and installation environmental standards, hazardous and automobile waste must be treated carefully during disposal.


Please take all hazardous waste items, including old paints, household cleaning products, antifreeze and dead batteries, to the Self-Help stores. Self-Help is located at Tower Barracks, Bldg. 394 or Rose Barracks, Bldg. 103.


Military units and organizations should take any unwanted, excess and expired hazardous material in unopened containers to HAZMAT turn-in points. The Hazardous Material Management Program accepts HAZMAT materials Thursday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. – noon. Turn-in locations are Tower Barracks, Bldg. G332A (inside the Bulk POL Yard) and Rose Barracks, Bldg. 121 (inside the RSSA, across from the Central Issuing Facility). For more, call DSN 476-2512, CIV 09662-83-2512.


Automotive waste, such as leftover engine oil, car parts and engine components, is also considered hazardous in Germany. Please take these items to the Automotive Skills Center located at Tower Barracks, Bldg. 528 or Rose Barracks, Bldg. 711.


For more on trash and recycling, visit Questions? Call the SORT program at Tower Barracks at DSN 475-6664, CIV 09641-83-6664. For Rose Barracks, dial DSN 476-2600, CIV 09662-83-2600.


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