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Old 04.08.2011, 18:37
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Recycling PET bottles (non drinkable)

I see more and more bottles (non drinkable) are being made out of PET. I mean clothes softener, washing up liquid. I got shouted out a few weeks ago putting PET (non drinkable) bottles in the recycle bin. I showed the woman that the bottles were PET, but she didn't really want to know. Can you put these PET bottles into the PET bins?
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Old 04.08.2011, 18:41
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I see more and more bottles (non drinkable) are being made out of PET. I mean clothes softener, washing up liquid. I got shouted out a few weeks ago putting PET (non drinkable) bottles in the recycle bin. I showed the woman that the bottles were PET, but she didn't really want to know. Can you put these PET bottles into the PET bins?
No you can't, and I was told that quite forcefully by a Migros employee in my first week here, when I put an empty detergent bottle through the PET hole in the wall at Horgen Migros (just goes to show that the crates are manned ). So in the Horgen-sack (general waste) they go.
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Old 04.08.2011, 19:26
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Re: Recycling PET bottles (non drinkable)

and since we're bringing up recycling faux pases (?)... I put a paper milk container in the "MILCH" recycler back when I was still fresh off the boat, and promptly had my butt chewed by a Migros employee. I thought since it said "Milch" it meant all "milch" containers!
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Old 04.08.2011, 19:32
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Re: Recycling PET bottles (non drinkable)

The migros in zug has a recycling station where you can put all kinds of milk or plastic bottles in but make sure you choose the right hole for the right bottle I think coop has it too. Look at you local store, the smaller ones don't have that.

There are pictures that show what bottle goes where for the on es not able to understand the local lingo
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Re: Recycling PET bottles (non drinkable)

My point is, is that PET is PET or is it? why can't these bottles go in the PET recycling, if it is the same stuff.
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Old 04.08.2011, 19:44
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My point is, is that PET is PET or is it? why can't these bottles go in the PET recycling, if it is the same stuff.
That, my friend, remains a mystery Maybe it's because the drink bottles become new drink bottles and the others would contaminate that with soap, bleach, whatever was in the bottle.
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Old 04.08.2011, 19:47
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My point is, is that PET is PET or is it? why can't these bottles go in the PET recycling, if it is the same stuff.
Here, they do! (not sure if you are supposed to, but everyone does it)

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Here, they do! (not sure if you are supposed to, but everyone does it)

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You can't be serious! I'm calling the garbage police! What do you think just putting everything together!
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Old 04.08.2011, 19:52
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You can't be serious! I'm calling the garbage police! What do you think just putting everything together!
I should take a picture of the paper recycling thing. Even has a sign (in Italian) "please flatten boxes"!

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I should take a picture of the paper recycling thing. Even has a sign (in Italian) "please flatten boxes"!

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Oh I just noticed you're in Lugano. That explains it
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My point is, is that PET is PET or is it? why can't these bottles go in the PET recycling, if it is the same stuff.
Because there are different types of plastics which have different uses.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastic_recycling

(see plastic identification table at bottom of link)
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My point is, is that PET is PET or is it? why can't these bottles go in the PET recycling, if it is the same stuff.
I had a similar experience at a Migros in Zurich. The bottle clearly said PET, but the employee basically yelled at me for 5 minutes that only drink bottles go into the recycling station.

Finally, a kindly Swiss lady asked me what the problem was, and I explained the bottle was PET, but was being told it wasn't to go into recycling, but in the normal trash. The woman then suggested that I put all non-drink PET bottles with the "ubrige" plastic... at which point the Migros employee just watched and said nothing further. I've continued this practice with no further complaints.
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Old 04.08.2011, 20:02
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Re: Recycling PET bottles (non drinkable)

Lots of chemical bottles are HDPE not PET.

However, I am fairly sure that the recycling systems have a way of filtering the various contaminants out of the mix, and the fact that you are allowed to recycle PET bottles with their lid on (the lids are not made from PET)....makes me rather suspicious of the whole thing.

Same as my husband insisting on rinsing everything. I am quite sure it makes absolutely no difference to the processing system whether the beer bottles are clean or have a little residue in the bottom.
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Lots of chemical bottles are HDPE not PET.

However, I am fairly sure that the recycling systems have a way of filtering the various contaminants out of the mix, and the fact that you are allowed to recycle PET bottles with their lid on (the lids are not made from PET)....makes me rather suspicious of the whole thing.

Same as my husband insisting on rinsing everything. I am quite sure it makes absolutely no difference to the processing system whether the beer bottles are clean or have a little residue in the bottom.
I suppose everything gets shredded and washed.
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Old 04.08.2011, 20:17
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Re: Recycling PET bottles (non drinkable)

Have a look at your washing up bottles and fabric conditioners. I have some which clearly says PET on the bottom. I am not interested in other types of bottles PE etc, just PET.
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Re: Recycling PET bottles (non drinkable)

Our local Migros has big bins outside for recycling. One of them is for non-drink PET bottles. It has a photo of all the things that can go in, incl. the orange dishwash liquid bottles, white 1l yoghurt tubs etc.
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Old 04.08.2011, 20:25
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Our local Migros has big bins outside for recycling. One of them is for non-drink PET bottles. It has a photo of all the things that can go in, incl. the orange dishwash liquid bottles, white 1l yoghurt tubs etc.
I wish that they would go nationwide with this, probably will have to wait 18 months until the demand is there!
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Have a look at your washing up bottles and fabric conditioners. I have some which clearly says PET on the bottom. I am not interested in other types of bottles PE etc, just PET.
In Switzerland only PET bottles used in the beverage industry are allowed to be put into the PET recycling bins. The rest (including other types of PET) go into the "other" plastics bin.

Anhand dieser Vorgaben kann kein anderes Material ausser Getränkeflaschen eingesetzt werden. Für technische Applikationen könnten andere PET Materialien grundsätzlich recykliert werden, aber von PET gibt es auch unterschiedliche Typen so dass schlussendlich die Qualität leiden würde. Andere PET-Verpackungen wie z.B. Eierschachteln, Oelflaschen, etc erfüllt die obigen Anforderungen leider nicht. Am einfachsten erkennt man die PET-Flaschen, welche rezykliert werden können am bekannten PET-Logo mit dem Recycling-Kreis.


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These specifications can be no other material other than beverage bottles are used. For technical applications, other materials are PET recykliert principle, but there are also different types of PET so that would ultimately suffer the quality. Other PET packaging, such as for example Egg cartons, Oil-Bottls, etc meet the above requirements do not exist. The easiest way to recognize the PET bottles, which can be recycled at the famous logo with the PET recycling loop.

source: http://www.petrecycling.ch/de/faq
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In Switzerland only PET bottles used in the beverage industry are allowed to be put into the PET recycling bins. The rest (including other types of PET) go into the "other" plastics bin.

Anhand dieser Vorgaben kann kein anderes Material ausser Getränkeflaschen eingesetzt werden. Für technische Applikationen könnten andere PET Materialien grundsätzlich recykliert werden, aber von PET gibt es auch unterschiedliche Typen so dass schlussendlich die Qualität leiden würde. Andere PET-Verpackungen wie z.B. Eierschachteln, Oelflaschen, etc erfüllt die obigen Anforderungen leider nicht. Am einfachsten erkennt man die PET-Flaschen, welche rezykliert werden können am bekannten PET-Logo mit dem Recycling-Kreis.


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These specifications can be no other material other than beverage bottles are used. For technical applications, other materials are PET recykliert principle, but there are also different types of PET so that would ultimately suffer the quality. Other PET packaging, such as for example Egg cartons, Oil-Bottls, etc meet the above requirements do not exist. The easiest way to recognize the PET bottles, which can be recycled at the famous logo with the PET recycling loop.

source: http://www.petrecycling.ch/de/faq
OK thanks for that, that is a bit of a bugger!!
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Re: Recycling PET bottles (non drinkable)

Well, this last weekend I learned from a Swiss (Genuine born here never left the village type) that he puts ALL plastic containers into that big PET bag you get from Landi - and he`s never had any complaints.

Oh, maybe that`s cause he just dumps the huge bag, once its full, outside the Landi shop?!...hahaaaaaa ..... with no trace of WHO dumped it!

Gawdarn these Swiss ... they find ways to buck the system? Well I never!

.........oOo..........

One of the reasons I like to buy cold-drinky things in Germany ... each bottle gives me back 25c .. EURO cents!
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