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Utilities (Electricity, Gas, Water, Household Waste)

Geneva - Utilities (Electricity, Gas, Water, Household Waste)

The agency that distributes and is responsible for the utilities (electricity, gas, water) depends on the canton and city you live in Switzerland. In the Geneva canton, the agency in charge for utilities (water, heating and waste water) is the Services Industriels de Geneva (SIG). For emergency repairs, call: 022 420 88 11

There are several environmentally-friendly options for electricity consumption in Geneva, such as natural gas and solar energy. Depending on the type of appliances you have and the type of residence you are living in, you can have an expert come to your house to conduct an assessment to recommend the best energy consumption plan for your household. Call their Customer Service Hotline at 0844 800 808 (charges apply) for more information, or drop them an email (from the website). For newcomers to Geneva, you would want to give at least 3 working days notice to SIG before you intend to move in. The same applies for expatriates who intend to move but still live in the canton of Geneva, or for expatriates who will be leaving Geneva (either for another country or for another Swiss city). More information about how to contact SIG, the forms and information required to open a new account, to notify the company about moving, etc are available at their website. The website, however, is available in French.


If you live in an apartment, your water bill (but not electricity) can be included to the monthly rent. It is best to check directly with your landlord before signing any rental agreement to clarify what exactly is included in the clause, "utilities included" in the rental agreement, as different landlords may approach this differently. Utility bills are sent out either on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.

Waste Disposal

To dispose of bulky items, such as old Christmas trees or unwanted furniture, call 080 022 42 22 to arrange for a free pick-up by the Department of Urban Environment and Safety (Department de I'environnement urbain et de la securite). Address: Roadway system - 10 rue François-Dussaud

1227 Acacias – Geneva. The calendar for waste collection from the roads ("Calendrier de la voirie") can be downloaded at the City of Geneva Municipal Services website.

For more information about recycling, you may wish to refer to the City of Geneva website that provides useful information on how and what kinds of materials may be recycled, and the addresses of the collection points for recyclables. In Geneva, there is a movement to encourage composting in your backyard. Dial 022 327 47 11 to get more information on how to compost in your backyard.

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