According to the figures provided by Ecoembes, in Spain a lot is recycled, specifically 73.7% of plastic containers, cans, bricks and paper and cardboard wrappers. Much of this is due to the fact that we are increasingly aware of how important recycling is for the ecosystem or how to reduce the waste we generate, which is why today it is common to find up to 3 garbage cans per home.
What containers exist to dispose of garbage and recycle
In some countries it may be different, but in Spain there are 5 types of containers , four are for recycling and one for waste:
- Yellow container
- Blue container
- Light green container
- Dark green or brown container
- Gray container
There are other specials for hazardous or toxic waste, such as the red container, or for clothing to donate, such as the orange container. But remember that this may change in certain countries and regions, so it is advisable to inform yourself at the town hall in your area.
What is recycled in the yellow container and in the others
Now that we have seen the list of the basic containers that exist, we explain what the yellow container goes , which is the main question raised at the beginning, and we also comment on what goes in the other containers .
This is the container in which containers should be disposed of, both lightweight, such as polystyrene or expanded polystyrene, such as tetrabricks and cans.
Light packaging is divided into metal (steel or aluminum), plastics (PET, HDPE, film and plastic mixtures) and briks. For example, as a plastic container is the plastic bottle, metal would be a can of preserves and film, a bag of fried foods. Of these, each one is divided into a recycler, which is the one that is finally in charge of converting them into raw material again. The cans are made of aluminum and have the advantage that they can be recycled unlimitedly. Finally, they are transformed into aluminum coils that can be used to make new cans of soda or preserves. The tetrabriks Instead, they must be divided according to their composition into paper, polyethylene or aluminum tetrabriks and are deposited separately during the recycling process. From its recycling, aluminum ingots can be obtained for use in industry. These containers, when collected from the yellow container, are taken to the sorting plants and then to their corresponding recyclers.
This container is used for paper or cardboard . These wastes are then directed to recycling plants, where they are shredded and compacted into large bales of paper or cardboard , which are then hydrated to form a paper paste that goes through a cleaning process. When completely dry, they are ironed and wound on reels that are distributed to paper or cardboard factories. Once recycled, they are used to make new boxes, toilet paper or sacks for building materials.
Light green container
This container is used to dispose of glass containers . This glass is then transported to recycling plants, where it is cleaned (removing everything that is not glass) and crushed to powder. Ultimately, this is used to make new glass containers such as bottles, light bulbs, jars, etc.
Brown or dark green container
This container is used to dispose of organic waste . That is, waste that if you leave it in a bag would rot. They are residues of vegetable and / or animal matter such as food or garden waste. In the case of plant residues, they can be composted and used as organic compost. Another form of recycling used for this waste is the production of biogas, which is used to produce electricity with renewable energy.
In this container go the waste . Everything that does not go in the other containers such as animal feces, CDs, containers of toxic products, batteries, etc. Normally, most of this waste is necessary to take to the clean point of your city and they will take care of this waste.
So what can we throw in the yellow bin ? We can throw away products such as candy wrappers, yogurt containers, spreadable cheese tubs, butter wrappers, shopping bags, sauce jars, toothpaste bottle, disposable plastic plates, cups and cutlery, personal hygiene product containers. or tissue packaging.
However, there are certain things that we should not throw in the yellow container under any circumstances, such as any type of medicine container, paper or cardboard wrappers for hamburgers and others, ice cream tubs, aluminum coffee capsules, toys, batteries , aerosols, fruit boxes, plastic buckets or non-disposable kitchen utensils.
Despite certain errors, we are above the recycling targets of the European Union and among the countries that recycle the most, although there is always room for improvement. For this reason, at Ecoembes there is a packaging search engine to know which ones go in each container.