Learn how best to sort different types of waste.
What is rubbish to you may be valuable to someone else. Always start by considering whether what you want to throw away can still be used. This saves lots of resources.
Hazardous waste can harm people or the environment if left in the wrong place. It must not be mixed with other waste or flushed down the drain, but must be turned in at a special collection point.
It is important that you turn in your e-waste (electrical and electronic waste) for recycling, as it contains materials that can be turned into new products. For example, metals can be recycled any number of times without losing quality.
Packaging contains valuable material. Here is how to dispose of various packaging so it can be recycled into new products.
Newspapers, magazines, catalogues, advertising leaflets and other printed matter – they all can be recycled.
In many places, food scraps and other food waste are collected separately. The energy can then be recovered and used for heating and fuel, while the nutrients are used to grow new food.
Almost everything that has grown in your garden can be recycled.
Broken furniture, tools without cords or batteries, scrap metal (such as frying pans) or other cumbersome items are called bulky waste.
Once the hazard waste and everything that can be recycled have been sorted out, there is often something left – what you put in the bin. But it can also be recycled!