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Garbage sorting in Basel...Help...

Hi All,

I'm just new to Basel and lucky me to find this forum!!!

Well I'm really confused of how to sort the garbage properly here (surely the German manual and website did not help) and would be greatly appreciated if somebody can give some insight!

I wonder which categories (with German equivalent) the following items should fall into?

1. Remainder of food, vege, fruit etc.
2. Containers made of paper for milk/eggs
3. Scrap of paper e.g. receipt from grocery stores/used tissues
4. Bottles made of plastic/glass for beverage/saucer
5. Plastic packaging paper/containers for food
6. Plastic containers for shampoo, cosmetics etc.
7. Lady's personal items (e.g. tampons etc.)

Thanks in advance!
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Old 09.09.2011, 18:07
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1. Bin
2. Milk containers aren't made out of paper. Bin. Egg cartons are. paper waste
3. Paper waste. Tissues probably just in the bin.
4. Plastic - bin. Glass - bin or glass recycling bin.
5. Bin
6. Bin
7. Bin

Bin - blue bag (bought from behind the counter in supermarkets - price includes a rubbish tax so you have to use these official bags)

Paper Waste - picked up once a month. Place all in paper bag or tie a neat bundle with string. Look around and see what your neighbours are putting out on th street the night before.

Glass - take them to your recycling bins which are scattered around, or throw in the bin.
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Old 09.09.2011, 18:12
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PET bottles can go back to the supermarket. They'll have a trolley or a hole in the wall (literally) for them. There'll also be a collection box for batteries and plastic carrier bags there too.
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Hi All,

I'm just new to Basel and lucky me to find this forum!!!

Well I'm really confused of how to sort the garbage properly here (surely the German manual and website did not help) and would be greatly appreciated if somebody can give some insight!

I wonder which categories (with German equivalent) the following items should fall into?

1. Remainder of food, vege, fruit etc.
2. Containers made of paper for milk/eggs
3. Scrap of paper e.g. receipt from grocery stores/used tissues
4. Bottles made of plastic/glass for beverage/saucer
5. Plastic packaging paper/containers for food
6. Plastic containers for shampoo, cosmetics etc.
7. Lady's personal items (e.g. tampons etc.)

Thanks in advance!
It can seem a bit overwhelming but really it isn't. And once you realize that it's not as anal-retentive of a system as everyone makes it out to be, it really isn't that bad. In fact, it's quite inefficient.

Pretty much everything can go in the blue bag. What you don't put in there depends on how much you don't want to spend on blue bags and how guilty you feel about not recycling.

I do take my plastic soda and water bottels back to the store for recycling. At the same time I take my batteries. Also, any cardboard boxes I put out for the monthly collection.

Admittedly though, I do not wash and dry my tins and walk them over to their area because I hardly ever have any. So they go in the blue bag. I do not save every scrap of paper or wrapper for the paper recycling -- Blue bag. And I very if ever have any glass containers -- blue bag.

And no, there's not a garbage Gestapo that goes through your garbage and comes back to write you a ticket if you throw recyclables in your blue bag.
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Old 09.09.2011, 18:52
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Re: Garbage sorting in Basel...Help...

About the blue bag also... the most common size used as near as I can tell is the 35L size.

With the food waste though, it depends on what part of Basel you're in really as I spent some time at a home in Riehen and they had to put food wastes (fruit and veg peels and cores, egg shells, ground coffee) into special bio degradable bags for community mulch or something.
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Re: Garbage sorting in Basel...Help...

Oops! Looks like no need to put 3-4 bebbi saggs in use at the same time in house now. Much relieved.

Thank you all! Happy weekend!!!
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Oops! Looks like no need to put 3-4 bebbi saggs in use at the same time in house now. Much relieved.

Thank you all! Happy weekend!!!

Nah. Just one.
You can use the 35 Rappen paper bags from the check-out at Coop/Migros to collect your other stuff and cart it off to wherever it needs to go (and you won't look weird doing it either). You can also use them for your paper/cardboard storage, and on the monthly collection day, put them out on the curb. Make sure you are separating your paper from your cardboard though or some neighbor might have to edumacate you.

I think some people buy small bags at the store for their rubbish bins and then shove them all into the blue bag on collection day, too. Just depends how many people you are and how much garbage you produce.
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2. Milk containers aren't made out of paper. Bin.
I don't believe this is correct ... at the supermarket normally next to the place where you put your PET bottles, there is also a place for the milch bottles.

Please tell me this is correct otherwise I will no doubt get fined.
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I don't believe this is correct ... at the supermarket normally next to the place where you put your PET bottles, there is also a place for the milch bottles.

Please tell me this is correct otherwise I will no doubt get fined.
I was assuming we're talking about the (tetrapak) cartons.
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I was assuming we're talking about the (tetrapak) cartons.

There are a couple of different types of milk containers in use here. There are Tetrapak cartons and "boxes" (UHT milk comes in these) which I've seen some neighbors put in with paper trash but which I put in my blue bags.

There are white plastic bottles that go in special recycling receptacles at the stores (I know for sure Coop and Migros both have this type of container, as well as the spot to return them). The Coop "family" milk with 1.75L of 1.5% fat comes in this type of bottle for example.

Then, there are the plastic bags. Somehow, I can't bring myself to buy "milk bags"... I believe these go in with the regular garbage.
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I don't believe this is correct ... at the supermarket normally next to the place where you put your PET bottles, there is also a place for the milch bottles.

Please tell me this is correct otherwise I will no doubt get fined.
Those are for PET* milk bottles. Most milk comes in a carton though, not a plastic bottle, so... as Adrian said... bin.
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We're a family of five with three teenagers, and yet still manage to have only one 35l sack of rubbish a week. I still think that's quite amazing.
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1. Remainder of food, vege, fruit etc.
2. Containers made of paper for milk/eggs
3. Scrap of paper e.g. receipt from grocery stores/used tissues
4. Bottles made of plastic/glass for beverage/saucer
5. Plastic packaging paper/containers for food
6. Plastic containers for shampoo, cosmetics etc.
7. Lady's personal items (e.g. tampons etc.)
1) If you have: compost, else bin
2) Milk Tetrapak (has aluminium inside): bin
Milk plastic bottles with PE logo: recycling
Egg cardboard: paper/cardboard recycling or bin
3) Small pieces of paper and if you don't care: bin
bigger ones and if you care: paper/cardboard recycling
4) PET bottles: PET recycling
Plastic bottles without PET/PE logo: bin
Glass: glass recycling
5) bin
6) See 4)
7)

Note that putting paper and cardboard into the paper bags from shops is officially not wanted by the garbage men (says so on the schedule) and while they still pick it up, they have the right to leave it there.
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Those are for PET* milk bottles. Most milk comes in a carton though, not a plastic bottle, so... as Adrian said... bin.
That's a relief ... now I'm confident I won't end up in guantanamo bay wearing an orange jump suit.
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Note that putting paper and cardboard into the paper bags from shops is officially not wanted by the garbage men (says so on the schedule) and while they still pick it up, they have the right to leave it there.
Never did understand this. It is by far the easiest way to "store" your bits of paper and there is no need to think back to your boy scout days on how best to tie the papers together.

By the way on the topic of paper type products, what about magazines? I've been putting these outside for months now with no problems ... some of thmem were the VERY glossy kind too.
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And no, there's not a garbage Gestapo that goes through your garbage and comes back to write you a ticket if you throw recyclables in your blue bag.
Unfortunately as of August, that is exactly what Basel now has: Abfalldetektive, with fine-giving powers.

http://bazonline.ch/basel/stadt/Den-...story/26191345
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