Waste sorting is special in that it involves every citizen on the planet, and helps to empower the ongoing environmental movement. Indeed, without the active participation of each of their citizens, local authorities would not be able to apply the same waste management policy, at least not with the same efficiency and not with the same costs.
Sorting requires great concentration to achieve the desired result. If the sorting is done wrong it can cause great damage
Often poorly sorted garbage is not accepted at the sorting center and will be mixed with non-recyclable waste.
Please note, sorting and collection procedures vary by city. This is why it is essential that you look and you learn directly from your waste management agencies and contact your local authority for information.
In your kitchen, plan the number of bins corresponding to the number of different garbage types that you produce every day. This can be for example a green bin for glass bottles (wine bottles, fruit, juice, olive oil …), jars, glassware (drinking glass, yoghurt pots glass …)
A gray garbage can serve to store plastic (empty water bottles), plastic juice bottles, syrup bottles ,a yellow bin for newspapers to be used to collect paper and cardboard: packaging items (like the ones used for pizza or food), moving boxes, fast food, a blue bin to isolate the metal: cans, cans etc.
A bin for everything else: food leftovers (if you do not compost), sales packaging (pizza boxes, ham packaging, …), empty yogurt cups.
Taking into consideration that the guidelines are different all over the world, and we don’t want to give you the wrong advice, so you should just ASK!
And remember: if in doubt: throw your waste in the “normal” trash!
And other waste!
There is not only plastic, paper and metal in life, there is the rest too!
Used batteries should be deposited with the battery vendors or some supermarkets that can help to take them.
Furthermore, to limit your consumption of batteries, buy flashlights without batteries (ecological flashlights with a dynamo) and calculators without batteries. You can also invest in rechargeable batteries and chargers.
Used and expired drugs
Used and unwanted drugs can be disposed of in pharmacies. They have their own recovery industry.
These products like solvents are not good to the environment. They should not be mixed with other waste. We must place them in a specialized disposal facility, but check with your City rules, there are free pickup services for these products on call in most towns.
Large household appliances out of use must be taken to a recycling center. You can also call your serving authorities and ask if they provide free bulk waste collection.
Car batteries,they must be deposited separately at your local recycling center, or at garages belonging to the “green car drivers collective.”
For the addresses of the waste collection points and the products they accept, check with your City.
When you buy ink cartridges, your supplier is obliged to provide you with pre stamped envelopes for you to send back at their expense the used cartridges, so remember to keep them for use when replacing your cartridges.
Do not throw your used cartridges in the garbage! In addition, hardware can be returned to the store that sold them .
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