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Hi All,

I'm new to Switzerland, coming from the US. I'm having a hard time getting my head around the topic of rubbish disposal. Recycling is relatively straight forward, just find the station and separate your things (different colors of glass, PET, etc).
What about, when I buy something that comes in a cardboard box and Styrofoam inside? How to dispose of it?
What about leftover foodstuff, like bones or such? I've yet to see a garbage disposal here...
Other stuff, like the mudguard I had on the front wheel of my bicycle that broke? Where to get rid of it?
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Re: Rubbish disposal

Ideally you should search the forum first before duplicating threads...there is a decent sticky on this issue but to summarise:

- Cardboard/Paper can be put out on cardboard collection days (You can get this information from the Stadt Zurich website)
- Styrofoam can be taken to Ikea
- If you have green bins you can put leftover food in to compost it (otherwise throw it in the Zurisack)
- Anything that is not recyclable goes into Zurisacks which you but at Supermarkets.
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Ideally you should search the forum first before duplicating threads...there is a decent sticky on this issue but to summarise:

- Cardboard/Paper can be put out on cardboard collection days (You can get this information from the Stadt Zurich website)
- Styrofoam can be taken to Ikea
- If you have green bins you can put leftover food in to compost it (otherwise throw it in the Zurisack)
- Anything that is not recyclable goes into Zurisacks which you but at Supermarkets.
Helps the OP somewhat, but as he's based in Biel and not Zurich ...

Contact your gemeinde office or look on their website. They'll be able to tell you how the various types should be dealt with.
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Old 20.04.2015, 18:19
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Ideally you should search the forum first before duplicating threads...there is a decent sticky on this issue but to summarise:

- Cardboard/Paper can be put out on cardboard collection days (You can get this information from the Stadt Zurich website)
- Styrofoam can be taken to Ikea
- If you have green bins you can put leftover food in to compost it (otherwise throw it in the Zurisack)
- Anything that is not recyclable goes into Zurisacks which you but at Supermarkets.
All well and good if you happen to live in Zurich but the OP lives in Biel.

The OP needs to check the commune/gemeinde website to find out the details for his area.
Styrofoam can be taken to the dechetterie (recycling centre) as can the broken mudguard and cardboard. Leftover (uncooked food) can go in the green compost bins if you have one otherwise they go in the special rubbish bags you can buy in stores ( grey with red writing in Biel) which are used for general household rubbish.
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Re: Rubbish disposal

What you need is this : http://www.bienne.ch/files/pdf5/bau_...recyclage1.pdf. Just about every Commune/Gemeinde has a booklet telling you what to do with just about anything you trash.

And for people in Zurich, this is English Forum *Switzerland* NOT *Zurich* FFS!!!
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Lol, thanks for the tips, all. I'll have a look at the site.
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Re: Rubbish disposal

The regular monthly collections of cardboard (which must be cut to a reasonable size and tied up with string) are fine most of the time, however if you have just bought loads of stuff having moved into a new apartment, a quick drive to the IKEA at Lyssach is good bet. If you go in via the exit you will find bins where you can dump cardboard, polystyrene, paper and plastic sheeting for recycling. And then buy the best value breakfast in CH.
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Re: Rubbish disposal

What about "junk" like broken bicycle parts, clothes that are not fitting any more, ripped jeans etc? I don't want to sound like I'm ignorant (even though I am) but I've already been jumped on by my neighbors for doing the wrong thing...
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Re: Rubbish disposal

Try here to recycle clothes
http://www.texaid.ch/en-us/clothesdi...container.aspx
For the rest of the stuff you mention it might just have to be taxed bags
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Re: Rubbish disposal

Hi,

We also just moved to Biel and are doing our best to sort our trash correctly. I loathe having to seperate paper and cardboard. You will have to buy the MÜVE Vignette to disposed of cardboard.

Textiles and shoes are collected quarter yearly in special sacks provided by the Gemeinde.
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And for people in Zurich, this is English Forum *Switzerland* NOT *Zurich* FFS!!!
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Small bicycle parts are collected every two month (under Altmetall in the booklet).
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Hi,

We also just moved to Biel and are doing our best to sort our trash correctly. I loathe having to seperate paper and cardboard. You will have to buy the MÜVE Vignette to disposed of cardboard.

Textiles and shoes are collected quarter yearly in special sacks provided by the Gemeinde.
Do they not have the clothing bins in Biel like they do everywhere else? I'm sure I've seen them there. Otherwise you can always take them to the Salvation Army place in a Biel if you have a lot and it's not the regular collection times.
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Re: Rubbish disposal

Here we don't seem to have bins for glass, paper, cardboard etc like we had in Neuchâtel. These items have to be set out on certain dates. I'm pressuming the same is true for clothes. Though I have seen textil comtainers in Nidau.
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Here we don't seem to have bins for glass, paper, cardboard etc like we had in Neuchâtel. These items have to be set out on certain dates. I'm pressuming the same is true for clothes. Though I have seen textil comtainers in Nidau.
Nidau was where I saw the textile containers. I remember now.
I have to say I find the collection system here quite good. Having read through the Biel rules posted earlier in the thread it does seem a bit more challenging. I'd need a calendar with big stickers on it for the different collections so that I didn't miss one if I lived there. ( much like I had when we lived in Germany)
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Re: Rubbish disposal

We've been here only for four weeks and I've already missed several pick-up dates! I need to move the list of dates to a more visible spot...
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We've been here only for four weeks and I've already missed several pick-up dates! I need to move the list of dates to a more visible spot...
You can also check weather your Gemeinde has a reminder App/SMS service. Such service exists in ZH.
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Re: Rubbish disposal

Do you have a recycling center nearby? We have a big one in Winti - Maag. You need a car of course, but could probably get one from mobility. We can take everything - metal, clothes, compact fluorescent lamps, all sorts of glass and pottery, even pots and pans, paper, cardboard, metal, books etc and old garden dirt. Some of it you pay for but most you don't.
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Re: Rubbish disposal

My bad,


I didn't think about how the system works outside Zurich,


Appreciate the correction guys!


Apologies OP for misguiding you...
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Re: Rubbish disposal

I googled "recyclinghof biel" and got several links. These guys
http://www.schlunegger-kocher.ch/ind...n-sammelstelle

Seem to have drive in recycling. Just in case waiting for pickup doesn't work, or you have stuff they don't pick up.
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Re: Rubbish disposal

where can I throw away the following stuff in zurich :

ripped clothes & shoes : texaid correct ?
broken umbrellas ?
broken dishes/plates(ceramic and plastic ) ?
broken electronics & electricals : wires ,headsets , grinders ?
bottles of shampoos,etc ?

If you miss your cardboard day is there any place where I can take it to. I am moving out of my place and cleared my cellar and still have lots of cardboard but the last cardboard day before my move is gone
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