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Re: where do you recycle or throw away the plastic bags?

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Maybe your nearest Brockenhaus might be interested.

Otherwise just throw them into the garbage. 100% of Swiss household garbage is incinerated and the resulting heat is used for heating or industrial purposes. Therefore there's no need to feel bad about throwing them away. It's not like they end up in a landfill or even in the sea.

I’ve always wondered how Switzerland has such a ‘green’ image when household recycling possibilities seem to be relatively basic/limited – I guess this is the answer. Do you know of a website that explains this process?

When my mother-in-law stays with us, she always (disapprovingly) collects up our plastic waste and Tetra Pak containers, which she drives 600 km home to Germany where they are collected for recycling for free. (In Germany the only stuff you have to put in your traditional dustbin is dust). However, I have the feeling that recycling something like Tetra Pak must be fairly inefficient/need a lot of energy. Therefore, perhaps the Swiss approach of burning it and using the heat produced is better after all - is my inclination correct?
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Old 18.05.2017, 14:55
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It was either that or the Michael Hutchence foundation.
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Old 18.05.2017, 15:57
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I’ve always wondered how Switzerland has such a ‘green’ image when household recycling possibilities seem to be relatively basic/limited – I guess this is the answer. Do you know of a website that explains this process?

When my mother-in-law stays with us, she always (disapprovingly) collects up our plastic waste and Tetra Pak containers, which she drives 600 km home to Germany where they are collected for recycling for free. (In Germany the only stuff you have to put in your traditional dustbin is dust). However, I have the feeling that recycling something like Tetra Pak must be fairly inefficient/need a lot of energy. Therefore, perhaps the Swiss approach of burning it and using the heat produced is better after all - is my inclination correct?
After having spent a few days in Germany, they're mad over there about their trash!! A friends kitchen is filled with about 10 different bags to separate the trash (she is single, those bags are there for ever ) yet one STILL doesn't know where to put the stuff. Where does a Q-Tip go?! 50% plastic/50% cotton. Where do my curls go, which get stuck in the comb in the morning? Is that bio - after all it's all natural - or is it that chemical trash - after all I used a hair-softener
And they all do this there. Sorry but in my eyes - and I do separate lots of things - that's all taking it too far. I prefer the Swiss system.
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Old 18.05.2017, 17:43
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Re: where do you recycle or throw away the plastic bags?

See my post almost 2 years ago, title

Good Recycling Place 8580 Amriswil, Canton Thurgau by car

is run by

HUBER Industrieabfälle GmbH

seems to be a one off in Switzerland, does take a wide variety of items, including tetra pack and plastic bags, but have no idea if they then send tetra packs and plastic bags to incinerator.


A pity there are not more of them in Switzerland and other countries. The things it does not take is normal trash/rubbish bags of stuff, garden and food waste, as well as large household items. You do need to take each item to the relevant box yourself, whether glass, paper, old/broken crockery, small electrical items, old pots/pans, other metals, all types of cans, batteries, different plastic containers, old clothes/shoes. There are probably more items I have not mentioned. We just got to know what they took, by walking around the relevant boxes
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Re: where do you recycle or throw away the plastic bags?

put them in the trash and dont make such a big thing out of it!
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there is a day for kartons and paper and there is a place for plastic bottles
but these plastic bags ??
and how to deal with chips cans ? .. although maybe best way is not to buy them
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Old 18.05.2017, 19:46
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Re: where do you recycle or throw away the plastic bags?

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When my mother-in-law stays with us, she always (disapprovingly) collects up our plastic waste and Tetra Pak containers, which she drives 600 km home to Germany where they are collected for recycling for free. However, I have the feeling that recycling something like Tetra Pak must be fairly inefficient/need a lot of energy.

Especially if you first drive 600km to throw it away - uhm
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Old 18.05.2017, 21:15
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I’ve always wondered how Switzerland has such a ‘green’ image when household recycling possibilities seem to be relatively basic/limited – I guess this is the answer. Do you know of a website that explains this process?

When my mother-in-law stays with us, she always (disapprovingly) collects up our plastic waste and Tetra Pak containers, which she drives 600 km home to Germany where they are collected for recycling for free. (In Germany the only stuff you have to put in your traditional dustbin is dust). However, I have the feeling that recycling something like Tetra Pak must be fairly inefficient/need a lot of energy. Therefore, perhaps the Swiss approach of burning it and using the heat produced is better after all - is my inclination correct?
It is actually illegal to bring rubbish into Germany so she does run a risk with German Customs, Regulation (EC) no. 1013/2006!
It carries a 300 euro fine. Depending on how well you get on with your mother in law you might want to tell her or not
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It is actually illegal to bring rubbish into Germany so she does run a risk with German Customs, Regulation (EC) no. 1013/2006!
It carries a 300 euro fine. Depending on how well you get on with your mother in law you might want to tell her or not

Thanks for the information... I'll give it some thought!
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Pringles cans have been named as the worse packaging to recycle!

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39953209
Yeah, but there are other thngs you can use them for.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39958705
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Re: where do you recycle or throw away the plastic bags?

"When my mother-in-law stays with us, she always (disapprovingly) collects up our plastic waste and Tetra Pak containers"

You can recycle Tetra Pak containers at any Aldi Suisse store served by their Ostschweiz and Zurich distribution depot.


By the end of May 2017 they should have finished rolling it out also into North and Central Switzerland.


The stores with this facility can be found on this page https://www.aldi-suisse.ch/filialen/ with a green R (recycling station) symbol


http://www.gemeinsame-sammlung.ch/
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Thanks for the information... I'll give it some thought!
Or give her more trash to take...
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Re: where do you recycle or throw away the plastic bags?

Because we don't have a car and since our move we have to take tram & walk out of our way to recycle our glass & metals, after a few months of trash piling up on our balcony I have actually started to consider these guys a good deal: http://www.mr-green.ch/
They will pick up ALL your mixed recyclables monthly or biweekly for between 3.5-6CHF/week in and around Zurich.
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Re: where do you recycle or throw away the plastic bags?

Richard256's mother-in-law is actually doing a service for the German government. Turns out they burn the stuff too -- but those darn Germans recycle so much, the government is importing our trash to help feed their waste-to-energy plants.

http://www.wastedive.com/news/german...-of-it/407730/
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Re: where do you recycle or throw away the plastic bags?

Austria taking in Italian rubbish too.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39641761
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Re: where do you recycle or throw away the plastic bags?

PET, PE & other kinds of plastic can now be recycled - I bought a 60 liter bag from Brings for 2.50 (bigger & smaller bag available), filled it at home and brought it back to Brings.

Some more info in German
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