How to dispose of unwanted furniture or whitegoods in Vienna legally
Got an unwanted mattress, fridge, or sofa? Here’s how you can legally get it off your hands in Vienna.
Published: 18 May 2022 11:41 CEST
Be sweet, don't dump your mattress in the street. Photo by STEPHEN POORE on Unsplash
If you find yourself with a large piece of furniture or big household appliance that has seen its prime and is not bound to the trashcan, then you might be wondering where to dispose of them – legally, that is.
Even if it is not uncommon to see furniture or appliances next to the big trashcans often placed near households and apartment complexes, it is illegal to leave them there.
Different cities have different methods – some will even pick up trash at specific times and places. To know how your city deals with bulky waste (Sperrmüll), you can google “Sperrmüll + the name of your city”.
It is worth pointing out that delivery to those sites can only be made by cars with Viennese license plates, on foot or by bicycle. Furthermore, no trailers or company cars are allowed to leave trash at these collection points.
What can you bring to the collection centres?
This is the place to bring large sheets of plastic foil, bulky or large metal parts and electrical appliances, for example.
Additionally, you can bring small amounts of bulky waste, wood, styrofoam, large cardboard boxes, green waste and used tires to any waste collection centres.
Depending on what you are disposing of, you might need to go to the Rinter centre, one of the larger ones.
According to ORF, emergency services were still struggling to reach some areas and there were unconfirmed reports of missing people.
Schlimme Bilder aus #Arriach in #Kärnten, welches heute Nacht von mehreren Unwetterzellen getroffen wurde. Der Ort ist derzeit lt. ORF von der Außenwelt abgeschnitten und nicht durch die Einsatzkräfte erreichbar
A Tweet from Unwetter-Freaks said: “Bad pictures from #Arriach in #Kärnten , which was hit by several storm cells last night. According to ORF, the place is currently cut off from the outside world and cannot be reached by the emergency services.”
Earlier this week, rural areas in Upper Austria were also hit by storms (overnight, June 27th) bringing torrential rain and hail the size of golf balls, which caused extensive damage to crops and grassland in the key agricultural state.
It might sound obvious, but checking the weather forecast should be at the top of the list of summer storm preparations.
Unlike in the past, weather reports are now typically reliable, and apps like Bergfex and Accuweather are well-known for providing detailed forecasts and weather warnings.
However, long-range forecasts can change quickly, so if you’re planning a camping or hiking trip, be sure to check the weather between 24 and 48 hours before to avoid being caught out.
Additionally, the Österreichischen Unwetterzentrale (Austrian Severe Weather Centre) has regular updates about storms and weather forecasts for Austria and users can sign up for email and SMS notifications.
According to the organisation, Die Helfer Wiens (The Helpers of Vienna) one of the biggest risks during a storm is being hit by a fallen tree or flying debris.
For this reason, they advise people (and pets) to stay indoors during a storm and close all windows and doors.
If staying in a tent or campervan, it’s also a good idea to seek shelter in a building (if possible) until the storm has passed.
However, if you are outside during lightning, the Austrian Red Cross says the best approach is to crouch down into a ball to reduce the amount of contact you have with the floor.
Whether walking or driving, the best advice is to stay from the forest or areas with lots of trees during a storm.
While sheltering under a tree can protect from rain or hail, lightning or strong wind can bring down trees. This makes the forest a dangerous place to be in a storm.
But if you do find yourself in the unfortunate position of being in a forest when a thunderstorm hits, stay away from low branches and tree trunks and crouch down low. Place any walking sticks or metal poles away from you and stay away from metal fences.
Avoid risky activities
Certain outdoor activities are especially hazardous if there’s a lightning storm.
Any activity in an open area or that puts you into contact with water or metal is strongly advised against. So that means fishing, swimming, boating, cycling and golfing are out until the storm is over.
Keep torches and candles ready
Power cuts are common during storms, so keep a stock of candles and torches ready in case you end up without electricity for several hours.
It’s also a good idea to have a portable USB charger to make sure your phone doesn’t run out of battery during an emergency.
Who to call in an emergency
These are the numbers to call if you need help from the Austrian emergency services during a storm.
122 – fire service (Feuerwehr).
133 – police (Polizei).
144 – ambulance (Krankenwagen or Rettungswagen).
120 – ÖAMTC emergency breakdown service.
123 – ARBÖ emergency breakdown service.
140 – mountain rescue.
Finally, 112 is the single European emergency number, whose operators will direct you to the relevant services. This number can even be called on a locked mobile phone without needing the pin.