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Masking tape is ok as long as you adopt a belt and braces approach and use gaffer tape [brown only] over the masking tape, in case the inferior foreign made masking tape comes loose in the rain.

Wolli will be along any second, no doubt, to rescue this thread.
The rain? Never. My wee bundle is not allowed out in the rain to become unslightly and messy (what would the neighbours say?) only fine, sunny Swiss weather will do.. inferior masking tape? Perish the thought..
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Old 11.07.2011, 22:16
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What about old folk? And before any smart arse makes a wise crack, I mean collection of their rubbish, not recycling of them personally.
Well, since you bring it up, how do I recycle obsolete humans?

Do I wait for the Monty Python style collection: "Bring out your dead!" or do I need a lot of string?

Please assist. I want to do the right thing here.
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Old 11.07.2011, 22:16
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Seriously? Must it be tied?
For years and years I've just put the paper neatly in a paper supermarket bag.
Just what is wrong with that? The bag's paper after all
Reminds me of the note pushed through doors in Brussels
'please do not put your plastic bags in the plastic bag'
Don't worry. The French part is not as crazy as the German part. I've never tied my paper waste. Do it if you can/know how/want to/everyone else is doing it. If not don't worry about it.
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To give everyone an update. Around the time of the original post I cleared up one bag of paper put it in a black bag (as I was emptying the bin at the time and put it out for disposal), I had no room for the second bag so I figured I would do it this evening. So tonight I go down to tidy it up and someone has made more of a mess and this time put our family name up on the door pointing to the rubbish So they would rather do this than ring our bell telling us what we had done wrong and asking us to tidy it - this country is a great place to live but behaviour like this takes some getting used too.
Don't take it personally, whoever it is will be a pain in the backside to the rest of your neighbours too and you will probably find out who the culprit is soon enough - always handy to know who the local unfriendly busybody is, being extra nice to them and thanking them for their help always drives them nuts
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Well, since you bring it up, how do I recycle obsolete humans?

Do I wait for the Monty Python style collection: "Bring out your dead!" or do I need a lot of string?

Please assist. I want to do the right thing here.
This trailer shows how:
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Old 11.07.2011, 22:41
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I can tell you simply that it is the dumping part that is what makes people livid.
Why?

Here, that's what one does!

You dump paper in the paper thing, glass in the glass thing, metal in the metal thing, garbage in the garbage thing (and compost in the compost thing in my garden).

Why do you northerners make things so DIFFICULT!

So, it's not a SWISS thing, it's a NORTHERN SWISS thing!

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Seriously? Must it be tied?
For years and years I've just put the paper neatly in a paper supermarket bag.
Just what is wrong with that? The bag's paper after all
Reminds me of the note pushed through doors in Brussels
'please do not put your plastic bags in the plastic bag'
It MUST BE tied.


















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Old 11.07.2011, 22:57
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Re: A Swiss thing or just odd behaviour?

Who would have thought bundled paper could be so beautiful?
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It MUST BE tied.
In that case, I think I'd be inclined to covert my smoker into a steam generator and just burn the stuff to power my computer!

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So...this reminds me. Does 'paper' recycling in CH mean ONLY newsPAPER? Back in the US, paper included just about everything but cardboard, so I have reflexively filled my recycling bin with flattened cereal boxes, junk mail, random papers from the post and ephemera like tp and paper towel rolls. After noticing for the past few months that it only appears to be obsessively squared and tied stacks of newspaper, does what I have in my bin go to the garbage or is there a place for it to be recycled? Probably a dumb question, but I'm on my second glass of wine after a long afternoon so, humour me.
You can include all kinds of paper but NOT cardboard
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Old 11.07.2011, 23:01
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It MUST BE tied.
I'm still curious to know how you are supposed to recycle shredded paper if it "MUST be tied"
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Re: A Swiss thing or just odd behaviour?

and please do not forget to IRON your paper so it is perfectly flat before bundling and tying with string. it's so sad to see people get so close only to fall at the last hurdle with paper that is somewhat crinkled.
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I shred anything that has my name or address on it, I then put the shredded paper in a paper Migro's bag and send it for re-cycling. Everything else (cardboard and paper) goes in to a second bag and gets sent off. just How am I supposed to recycle the shredded paper unless I put it in something?
afaik, you shouldn't put shredded paper for recycling as this requires a separate process - all to do with the lengths of paper fibres.

better start saving up. i reckon in 3 years time, the garbage policeman, who has been painstakingly piecing together the shreds, will have finally put together enough to identify you and you should expect a whopper of a bill/fine...
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My neighbour has just dumped my expired hamster back in my mailbox. Jeezus - I thought I was doing the right thing putting it in a bin marked PET.

These Swiss with their rules - have they no respect..?
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Why do you northerners make things so DIFFICULT!
It depends on two things:
- Municipality: Baselstadt takes the paper in paperbags. If anybody disagree with that and make a fuzz, they'll have to talk to the Gemeinderat, not with me. Other places like Overwil or Reinach in BL do not pick up anything not bounded the way shown above.
- Neighbours: Some neighbours follow the rules of the municipality, others follow their own rules. Trick is only when the neighbour is stricter than the city council. In that case, I go by the rule: if they pick it up, I did it right. Basta.
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I'm still curious to know how you are supposed to recycle shredded paper if it "MUST be tied"
Shredded paper goes to the general "household garbage"
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You can include all kinds of paper but NOT cardboard
Well, in Ticino they take everything (but I suspect they burn it)

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Well, in Ticino they take everything (but I suspect they burn it)

Tom
In Baselstadt too. Not picky at all those pickpeople. Thank them for that.
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Shredded paper goes to the general "household garbage"
It is actually perfect for the compost bin, as is corrugated cardboard. I have 8 compost bins on the go and grass is layered with the above and horse manure- arrrhhh lovely.
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afaik, you shouldn't put shredded paper for recycling as this requires a separate process - all to do with the lengths of paper fibres.
I never thought of that so I googled and got this quote.

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better start saving up. i reckon in 3 years time, the garbage policeman, who has been painstakingly piecing together the shreds, will have finally put together enough to identify you and you should expect a whopper of a bill/fine...
Crafty bleeders.

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Shredded paper goes to the general "household garbage"
Apparently in the modern world it can be included with the cardboard for recycling. But as Switzerland is still stuck in the 60's it's unlikely to be allowed here.
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