GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Every year, as the trees become bare and leaves pile up along sidewalks and lawns, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria leads a concerted effort to beautify the installation before the season gives way to the cold, snowy months of winter. Service members, civilians and their families living on-post at Tower Barracks, Rose Barracks, Hohenfels and Garmisch can purge their homes of bulky, hazardous and autumn yard waste during the cleanup effort from Nov. 1 to 13, 2021.
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.
Bulk Trash, Refuse & Recycling
Fall cleanup provides on-post Tower and Rose Barracks housing and troop billeting areas with one-time curbside pickup services for large and heavy bulk trash and leaves.
What will be picked up: Items that are too large or too heavy to fit into a normal car’s trunk, such as furniture, mattresses, carpets, washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, large TVs, ovens, stoves, bicycles and etc. 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. Items should not block entrance to the waste containers. Additionally, please handle refrigerators and freezers with care to prevent damage to cooling coils.
Leaves: Please place leaves in clear, visible bags or open containers in authorized pickup locations on the designated bulk trash collection days above. Dark trash bags or bags with indistinguishable contents will not be serviced.
What will not be picked up: Easily transported waste items, such as normal refuse and recyclables, garden refuse (with the exception of leaves), hazardous waste, vehicle parts and clothing, are not part of curbside collection. Leaving these items on the curb — otherwise known as illegal dumping — is strictly prohibited. Please take these items directly to the on-post recycling centers, which will have extended hours during Fall Cleanup:
Hazardous & 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 household hazardous waste items, including old paints, household cleaning products, antifreeze, motor oil, and dead batteries, to the Self-Help stores. Self-Help is located at Tower Barracks Bldg. 394, Rose Barracks Bldg. 103, and Hohenfels Bldg. 742.
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 at:
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 https://home.army.mil/bavaria/index.php/trash.