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non-bottle plastic recyclables?

What do we do with recyclable plastics such as shower gel bottles or larger things? Seems one can dispose of only standard bottle-like (water, juice, milk, etc.) plastics, but any place for less standard ones?

The cute writing on my shower gel "don't forget to recycle me" prompted me to rethink the old question
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What do we do with recyclable plastics such as shower gel bottles or larger things? Seems one can dispose of only standard bottle-like (water, juice, milk, etc.) plastics, but any place for less standard ones?

The cute writing on my shower gel "don't forget to recycle me" prompted me to rethink the old question
I've no idea how it works where you live, but in our village we have a few 24-hour recycing stations which include, at best, glass, tin cans, paper and PET plastic, such as you describe.

For everything else there's a depot that's open Mon-Sat where you can recycle anything. There are even bins for used corks, bottle/jar tops and stale bread.
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Re: non-bottle plastic recyclables?

Our local big Migros has a container for them as well as for used CDs, light bulbs etc.
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Re: non-bottle plastic recyclables?

Here (zh 8051) there are places to dispose of metal, glass, and some other stuff, but nothing for plastics, though I've seen some people leaving them next to these "disposal stations". But I guess this is not exactly what one should do?


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There are even bins for used corks, bottle/jar tops and stale bread.
Anyone knows of these places nearby? bread one sounds cool, am always debating what to do with leftover bread
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Anyone knows of these places nearby? bread one sounds cool, am always debating what to do with leftover bread
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Re: non-bottle plastic recyclables?

This link helped me to find the nearst recycling place to my home, it shows recycling companies - where some of them collect recycling from individuals as well (can see from pictures).

I searched 8051 and found some places, from them - I saw this one collecting recycle as well from individuals (was clear from the pictures), maybe if any of the others is near to your home you can just go and have a look, or call.

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Recycling Centre, Junk Removal & Hauling

Kreis 12
Hagenholzstrasse 110
8050 Zürich
Phone number 044 645 77 77

For me, we have a big Migros that takes those stuff you mentioned.

Thanks for your attitude trying to recylce whatever possible to recycle.
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Re: non-bottle plastic recyclables?

Has everyone missed the point?
Isn't the question ' what to do with shampoo (and similar) plastic bottles' - not PET drinks bottles? (which are recycled as suggested above)

As far as I'm aware, non-food plastic bottles aren't recycled here (specifically instructed) because of plastic type used and chemical contents.
Unfortunately these are disposed of with normal household waste.

Incidentally, washing powder boxes are specified as not to recycle with other cardboard, also ...... although no one seems to bother adhering to the regs.
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Re: non-bottle plastic recyclables?

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Has everyone missed the point?
Isn't the question ' what to do with shampoo (and similar) plastic bottles' - not PET drinks bottles? (which are recycled as suggested above)

As far as I'm aware, non-food plastic bottles aren't recycled here (specifically instructed) because of plastic type used and chemical contents.
Unfortunately these are disposed of with normal household waste.

Incidentally, washing powder boxes are specified as not to recycle with other cardboard, also ...... although no one seems to bother adhering to the regs.
Yes, near to where I live the washing powder boxes are not recyclable, they put the sticker on them if one puts them with the newspapers

However in the Migros near my home, there is a container in the recycling collection point that takes shampoo, milk and fabric conditioner plastics,

I think there is no generic rule if shampoo bottles are recyclable or not - but it is more about what is written on it, if it says recyclable then it made from material that can be recyled.

I found this on EF as well Migros will recycle all plastic bottles before end 2013

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Has everyone missed the point?
Isn't the question ' what to do with shampoo (and similar) plastic bottles' - not PET drinks bottles? (which are recycled as suggested above)

As far as I'm aware, non-food plastic bottles aren't recycled here (specifically instructed) because of plastic type used and chemical contents.
Unfortunately these are disposed of with normal household waste.
You need to move with the times.

Our Migros installed plastic recycling containers ( for shampoo bottles, fabric conditioner bottles etc) next to the plastic milk bottle recycling container and the PET recycling container about a year ago.

Previous to that they could only be recycled by taking them to our local déchèterie and putting them in the appropriate container there.
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Re: non-bottle plastic recyclables?

In East Switzerland, everthing other that drinks PET, gets put in the household waste, squeeze the air out of and put the lid back on and put into the normal waste. They are insinnerated which usually produces power, rather than recycled. I got told off once for putting a washing liquid PET bottle in the PET bin, becuse it wasn't a drinks PET bottle. I wish Switzerland recycled more plastic types like other countries.

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You need to move with the times.

Our Migros installed plastic recycling containers ( for shampoo bottles, fabric conditioner bottles etc) next to the plastic milk bottle recycling container and the PET recycling container about a year ago.

Previous to that they could only be recycled by taking them to our local déchèterie and putting them in the appropriate container there.
More like move to Neuch .........

....... not.
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Re: non-bottle plastic recyclables?

Groaning because it is getting a bit boring Timow. So what do they do in wonderful Fribourg with their plastics?
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More like move to Neuch .........

....... not.
Well we probably wouldn't let you in anyway. we don't have any riff raff round here.

As it happens the Migros I referred to is actually in Canton Bern but the big Migros centre has it too and that's in Neuchatel.
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Groaning because it is getting a bit boring Timow. So what do they do in wonderful Fribourg with their plastics?
See above.

(And Fribourg's not so wonderful either - just the taxes)
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Re: non-bottle plastic recyclables?

A lot depends on where one lives and also if perhaps if one has a car.

Where my OH presently lives, he goes by car with cans, paper/glass etc and they have loads of other stuff that can be recycled.

Other places OH has lived was not worth the efforts to recycle anything apart from cans, bottles, paper/cardboard, except of course usually Coop/Micros have place often inside the store for items like batteries/light bulbs and a couple of other small items
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Everthing other that drinks PET, squeeze the air out of and put the lid back on and put into the normal waste. They are insinnerated which usually produces power, rather than recycled. I got told off one for putting a washing liquid PET bottle in the PET bin, becuse it wasn't a drinks PET bottle.
I wish Switzerland recycled more plastic types like other countries.
I think/thought all the stuff separated out at our recycling centre was recycled. http://www.engelberg.ch/engelberg/in...telle-wyden-1/
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Re: non-bottle plastic recyclables?

Apparently Migros are rolling out a more extensive recycling scheme across their stores. There was an article about this in the free Migros newspaper last year. It will include more plastic recycling options.
However the article stated it could not be said when these facilities will arrive in individual stores, just that they are being rolled out across Switzerland.
So I'm saving my recyclables in my keller until they arrive in my local Migros!
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See above.

(And Fribourg's not so wonderful either - just the taxes)

New Year's Eve party at the Patinoire had almost 3000 people, with large groups coming from Yverdon and Lausanne Quite a busy little place.
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New Year's Eve party at the Patinoire had almost 3000 people, with large groups coming from Yverdon and Lausanne Quite a busy little place.
Ahh ..... the Patinoire - that explains it. I turned up at the Stade de la Maladière, and couldn't find either of my ex's.
Although I did think I may have heard someone playing loud music after 10.00pm.
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Has everyone missed the point?
Isn't the question ' what to do with shampoo (and similar) plastic bottles' - not PET drinks bottles? (which are recycled as suggested above)

As far as I'm aware, non-food plastic bottles aren't recycled here (specifically instructed) because of plastic type used and chemical contents.
Unfortunately these are disposed of with normal household waste..
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You need to move with the times.

Our Migros installed plastic recycling containers ( for shampoo bottles, fabric conditioner bottles etc) next to the plastic milk bottle recycling container and the PET recycling container about a year ago.

Previous to that they could only be recycled by taking them to our local déchèterie and putting them in the appropriate container there.
Yes, it depends on where you live. After introducing the taxed bags last year our dechetterie now takes all non-PET plastic, in addition to PET. However, not all communes do this in this area, and I've heard some grumbling from a few towns over that do not have this. Ii have heard that they do not really recycle it, it just helps encourage the recycling mentality and lets people pay less for the sacs.

You can also take milk bottles to the Coop or Migros around here.
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