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What is recycled in the brown container

Garbage classification is an important element in reducing and better managing human-produced waste at the household level. Currently, we are used to classifying garbage around the yellow, blue, green and gray containers, which correspond respectively to packaging, paper and cardboard, glass and other non-recyclable and inorganic garbage. But there is another container that has just made its appearance in some regions, although in others it was used for a long time, and that in a few years it will most likely be implemented in all municipalities. It is the brown container, which has particular characteristics although, once we get used to it, it will not pose any problem and, on the other hand, will allow us to recycle one of the most abundant parts of our garbage. what is recycled in the brown container and what makes it so special?

What can be thrown in the brown container

The brown container is intended for organic matter , this means that most of the food waste that we produce will go into it, which can mean up to 40% of the garbage that is produced at home.

On the other hand, it must be taken into account that, although most of the waste that is recycled in the brown container will come from food waste, there will also be others that will not, such as plant remains or pruning remains. . Likewise, it must also be taken into account that not all food remains will be located in this container, such as used oil , which must be recycled separately in its own container.

Here is a list of garbage that DOES get thrown in the brown bin :

  • Fruit and vegetable leftovers (raw or cooked).
  • Remains of vegetables, cereals and legumes (raw or cooked).
  • Remains of breads, pastries and cookies.
  • Fruit pits, peels, nuts and seeds.
  • Biodegradable waste such as used kitchen paper, used napkins, coffee grounds (only the grounds, not the entire aluminum capsule), tea bags, bottle corks made from cork oak, etc.
  • Remains of flowers, dried leaves and plants.
  • Sawdust.
  • Eggshells.
  • Meats.
  • Fish.
  • Seafood.

On the other hand, we also include a list of products that may raise questions about whether they go in the brown container but are not actually intended for this cube. This is waste that does NOT go into the brown bin :

  • Cooking oils or of any other type.
  • Diapers, compresses, condoms, or any other single-use health and hygiene product.
  • Bottle corks made of plastic or resin.
  • Human or animal excrement.
  • Stones, sand or garden soil.
  • Cleaning products used at home.

On the other hand, it must also be taken into account that, if used recyclable garbage bags, that is organic, that are sold specifically for the brown container, we will greatly facilitate the recycling process. Now that you know what is recycled in the brown container , we delve into clarifying more doubts about this type of container that is used in Spain.

Is the brown container the same as the gray or dark green?

No. Although until the introduction of the brown container some municipalities could use containers with brown tones to collect general rubbish, which can cause some confusion when compared to the current situation, today the brown container is classified as such, and is completely differentiated from the gray or dark green container, which is intended for garbage that cannot be recycled. Thus, the brown container is for organic garbage , while the gray or dark green container is for inorganic garbage . You can consult in this other article of Green Ecology What is organic and inorganic garbage: examples .

In any case, and when in doubt, in addition to color, containers of all kinds must be accompanied by an informational sign on the front of it. In this way, if we want to be sure that the container is brown and not gray or dark green, it will be enough to look for the word “organic” on the poster , which is how the brown container is defined and the word that encompasses the type of waste that is recycled in this bucket.

Thanks to the recycling of this type of garbage, both biofuel and compost are obtained . The biofuel we refer to is biogas , a gas that is produced during the putrefaction of organic matter carried out by bacteria and that has uses similar to those of natural gas, which allows it to be used in domestic spaces or , for example, to promote means of transport such as city buses.

On the other hand, the solid remains that are obtained after the production of biogas can be used as compost , that is, natural fertilizers that are thrown into the earth and enrich the soil so that stronger and healthier plants are obtained.

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