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Recycling - please help

Hello there!

Please bear with me as I am very confused.

Since I moved here, I did my due diligence and sorted my trash for recycling, and figured out what goes where.

One day I go to the Aldi next to me and like any other store, it has some recycling containers for plastic bottles, recipients. This Aldi also has one for some cardboard and plastic packaging (folie). And mind that there are no other signs that would say it's reserved for staff or whatever.

So on my trip to get groceries I thought that might as well throw away some plastic bags and foils. There weren't many so it shouldn't be a problem.

But the lady at the till starts telling me in front of a full store that I should throw away my plastic in the plastic container.

So now I'm really confused because there weren't any other signs saying that it's not allowed. And they do have pant and hard plastic recycling containers outside. So what is the difference? Why is it there if I can't use it? Have I misunderstood the whole recycling process?
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Re: Recycling - please help

It's possible that the bins inside the shop are for removing and recycling packaging from items you've just bought in the shop, bins just outside the shop are generally intended for plastic bottles, etc. that you've now emptied and are returning to the shop that originally sold them.

The big recycling bins that are slightly further away from the shop (but are often still in the car park) are for general recycling.
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Re: Recycling - please help

Anyone could advise me where could I properly recycle plastic food containers? I've always put them in the PET containers at local shops, as many people did, but recently they put a big warning "drink bottles only". Yesterday I took a bag of the plastic to the garbage dump point but they told me that these are not recyclable(!?)

I have just googled it: https://naturalsociety.com/recycling...ttles-meaning/

Looks like I wasn't wrong, the PET symbol on the food packaging seems to be the same PET thing as the plastic bottles so what the heck is going on?

I am concerned with the fact that I am told to put recyclable materials to the generic trash bins.
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Anyone could advise me where could I properly recycle plastic food containers? I've always put them in the PET containers at local shops, as many people did, but recently they put a big warning "drink bottles only". Yesterday I took a bag of the plastic to the garbage dump point but they told me that these are not recyclable(!?)

I have just googled it: https://naturalsociety.com/recycling...ttles-meaning/

Looks like I wasn't wrong, the PET symbol on the food packaging seems to be the same PET thing as the plastic bottles so what the heck is going on?

I am concerned with the fact that I am told to put recyclable materials to the generic trash bins.
Plastic recycling is not mase easy here.
However Aldi & Coop have collection containers.

Have a look at the below map, maybe theres something close to you.

https://recycling-map.ch/en/
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Re: Recycling - please help

Thank you for the address, it's a really good one! Unfortunately, it does not address my concerns, as you see they categorize things into:
- PET bottles
- PE bottles
- plastic bottles
- other plastic

Attached a pic of grape packaging, sorry for the quality, it was hard to focus the camera on the symbol, it's PET 1, the same as any transparent drink water bottle. Definitely I wasn't the only one to put such into PET containers but currently everywhere (including Coop & Aldi) they insist that only PET bottles are allowed.

I guess that perhaps people were irresponsible throwing every plastic food packaging into PET containers so we ended with a total ban on recycling the recyclable packages

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However Aldi & Coop have collection containers.

Have a look at the below map, maybe theres something close to you.

https://recycling-map.ch/en/
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Re: Recycling - please help

Food packaging and plastic in general (apart from PET drinking bottles and, as others have pointed out, other plastic bottles in front of some stores) goes in your trash bag.
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Thank you for the address, it's a really good one! Unfortunately, it does not address my concerns, as you see they categorize things into:
- PET bottles
- PE bottles
- plastic bottles
- other plastic

Attached a pic of grape packaging, sorry for the quality, it was hard to focus the camera on the symbol, it's PET 1, the same as any transparent drink water bottle. Definitely I wasn't the only one to put such into PET containers but currently everywhere (including Coop & Aldi) they insist that only PET bottles are allowed.

I guess that perhaps people were irresponsible throwing every plastic food packaging into PET containers so we ended with a total ban on recycling the recyclable packages

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I know its frustrating, here is a very interesting article on the subject

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/resourc...ttle-/44059978
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Re: Recycling - please help

@OP,

Check out the nearest recycling centre, they might accept big plastic objects.

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It's possible that the bins inside the shop are for removing and recycling packaging from items you've just bought in the shop, .
Basically, yes.
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Re: Recycling - please help

Apparently Migros is working on this one

"Plastic recycling: participate in the new era
We are launching the recycling of plastic packaging throughout Switzerland to give it new life. The launch of this project will be done gradually from this year.

The procedure will be very simple, since all you have to do is buy the Migros plastic collection bag, put your plastic waste in it, then bring the filled bag back during your next trips to drop it off at the point. Migros collection center provided for this purpose."


https://www.migros.ch/fr/durabilite/...waAutTEALw_wcB
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Re: Recycling - please help

Also, for those interested

https://mr-green.ch/collections/abos-home
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Re: Recycling - please help

You could also start lobbying your commune to offer collection. Vaud operates a plastic recycling plant where communes can send collected waste.

https://www.letemps.ch/suisse/vaud-i...lant-plastique
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Re: Recycling - please help

We buy these sacks: www.sammelsack.ch.
You can collect almost all types of plastic packaging in them, including flower pots and, I've just seen on the website, Tetra Pak. When full, there is a large metal container at the Dorfplatz to deposit them. A roll of sacks costs about 25 chf (I think), and lasts us about a year.
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We buy these sacks: www.sammelsack.ch.
You can collect almost all types of plastic packaging in them, including flower pots and, I've just seen on the website, Tetra Pak. When full, there is a large metal container at the Dorfplatz to deposit them. A roll of sacks costs about 25 chf (I think), and lasts us about a year.
They are not in canton Vaud yet
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Re: Recycling - please help

I would be happy to buy sacks like in the Migros link given and will be looking out for this. I recycle what I can,but I get annoyed at having to throw things like yoghurt pots, plastic food packaging and things like soap refill bags in the bin.

A couple of years back Aldi trialled recycling Tetrapak cartons, but they were shipping them cross border to Germany and it ended up not being financially viable for them.
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I would be happy to buy sacks like in the Migros link given and will be looking out for this. I recycle what I can,but I get annoyed at having to throw things like yoghurt pots, plastic food packaging and things like soap refill bags in the bin.

A couple of years back Aldi trialled recycling Tetrapak cartons, but they were shipping them cross border to Germany and it ended up not being financially viable for them.

I would say "then don't use them then". Reducing is much much better than recycling, but there's not so much choice in Switzerland.
Hirz yoghurts come in half card half plastic pots, Bigger pots probably have less waste, or I heard some people make their own. Solid soap or soap/shampoo powder reduces waste but I wouldn't know if you can find it in CH.
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I would say "then don't use them then". Reducing is much much better than recycling, but there's not so much choice in Switzerland.
Hirz yoghurts come in half card half plastic pots, Bigger pots probably have less waste, or I heard some people make their own. Solid soap or soap/shampoo powder reduces waste but I wouldn't know if you can find it in CH.
Solid soap has been here for a hundred years at least and solid shampoo bars are now in all the drugstores, saw them kn Manor and Migros. But they are hard to wash out from big hair.
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Re: Recycling - please help

If you colour your hair you have to be careful what you use on it. I can't use solid soap either. When I buy yoghurt I rarely buy small tubs, I prefer a large size tub of the plain thick Greek or Turkish stuff. Some of the tubs that come with a lid are ok for storing things like home made soup in the fridge.
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If you colour your hair you have to be careful what you use on it. I can't use solid soap either. When I buy yoghurt I rarely buy small tubs, I prefer a large size tub of the plain thick Greek or Turkish stuff. Some of the tubs that come with a lid are ok for storing things like home made soup in the fridge.
Small yogurt pots are great for growing plant babies..
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