Cheese and cheese rind - Are dairy products allowed in organic waste??

Cheese can be found in numerous refrigerators in German households and is often eaten in a wide variety of varieties. Regardless of whether it is a classic Gouda, Brie or a hard Parmigiano, many types of cheese have a hard or soft cheese rim. Can this be disposed of with organic waste if it is not consumed??

Cheese rind and cheese allowed in organic waste?

You don't have to worry about cheese or cheese rind in the organic waste bin. Like many other leftover food and dairy products with the exception of pure milk, the products can be thrown into the organic waste without any problems. The variety is not important as long as you are not trying to dispose of whole cheese wheels or buckets. If spoiled, they should be crushed as much as possible.

Make sure that the cheese rind is not made of plastic. Cheeses with a plastic rind, which you should definitely remove before consumption, are rarely offered. If this is not the case and if it is cut off along with a piece of the cheese, you will have to remove the rind. Most of the time you don't have to throw away the piece of cheese in the artificial rind, as it can be eaten without any problems. Exclusively not the plastic bark, which should end up in the residual waste or the yellow bin.

Disposal tips

1. Reduce moisture

Depending on the type of cheese, it may be pickled variants that cannot be disposed of directly in the way in which they were packaged. We are talking about cheese like mozzarella or feta. If they are no longer edible, you must first drain the water and dispose of the packaging separately. Plastic must not end up in organic waste in any form and must therefore be disposed of separately beforehand.

2. Wrapping

Regardless of whether you dispose of cheese or cheese rind, the leftovers should be packed as a precaution. Newsprint or paper bags that do not contain plastic are ideal for this. If the rinds or pieces of cheese are disposed of in this way, no additional moisture develops and they become less moldy, which attracts fewer flies and thus protects against the development of maggots. In addition, packing is not really a lot of effort and can be done easily within a few moments.