If you spend a lot of time on the internet, then you have probably heard of “First World Problems,” “White Girl Problems,” or something equally ridiculous. Basically, these are problems that only exist for a certain group of people. So, when Marco made a comment about a problem he had when he took the garbage out the other day, I could not help but laugh, because his complaint was so distinctly German.

So, I figured I would start a new series on my blog called “German Problems.” These will be problems that only Germans (or people living in Germany) experience. This first one is called “Garbage Bins.”

People sort their garbage here into at least five different sections: compost (bio), paper, glass, plastics/packaging (der gelbe Sack), and the rest. So, in the garbage area outside of our apartment, there are four different colored bins: yellow for der gelbe Sack, brown for bio, blue for paper, and black for the rest. To recycle glass, we have to walk over to the community garbage bins down the road.

So, when Marco walked in from taking out the garbage in the dark the other night, he said:

It was too dark out, and I couldn’t tell the difference between the black and brown bins. I may have put the bio garbage in the wrong bin.