“I was alerted by my husband, who was returning from the bakery,” Sue Putallaz, vice-chair of the Green Liberals party of Geneva and a resident of the neighbourhood, told the 20 Minutes newspaper.
“From the window, I saw a human arm dangling,” Putallaz said.
“It’s shocking . . . we do not expect to find that in this neighbourhood.”
Emergency services employees, including fire fighters and police, responded to the scene after cantonal police were contacted about the body at 7.35am, 20 Minutes reported.
The body was removed from the bin, used to collect clothes for textile recycling.
The age and identity of the man have not been disclosed.
Geneva justice department spokesman Henri Della Casa said an investigation is under way to determine the cause of the man’s death.