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I moved to CH a few months ago and just now getting to my boxes. If I want to throw away general trash (meaning things I don't want anymore and are too used/dirty/unusable to give away) can I put them in a black trash bag and pay to throw it away at the recycling centers?
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Hello,
I moved to CH a few months ago and just now getting to my boxes. If I want to throw away general trash (meaning things I don't want anymore and are too used/dirty/unusable to give away) can I put them in a black trash bag and pay to throw it away at the recycling centers?
NOOOOO! This is a sure way to get off on the wrong foot in Switzerland, it's a very sensitive topic here!

You need to buy special bin bags, these can normally be bought from local shops (ask for abfallsack or zürisack). They are special and supplied by the geminde. They cost around 30 Swiss francs which is actually the tax for having the trash removed. These special trash bags can then be disposed of in normal bins on the street or picked up in front of your house/flat on certain days (be careful, putting them out on the wrong day can also result in a fine!).

You should also be aware of what you can put into the bags. Electrical goods is a big no-no, these can be disposed of at any electrical store for free. Glass, paper, tins, batteries and cardboard can be recycled (not after hours or on Sunday though).
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Old 05.01.2021, 16:10
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Re: Throwing away general trash

Hey TC, calm down, missed the part of recycling centers?

@Laufen: this is a map of recycling centers https://recycling-map.ch/en/ The whole explanation on how to separate the waste also on the same site https://recycling-map.ch/en/collected-items/

Enter your postal code (PZL) and look for the site that accepts the wider variety of waste. Some things are free to dispose like carton and glass bottles. For furniture, old luggage or car tires you pay a little fee. So, fill the car and bring all the stuff there.
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Re: Throwing away general trash

Some recycling/trash centers have the option of paying by weight for random rubbish. It might work out cheaper than the municipal bags/stickers. The one in
Usterstrasse 105, 8600 Dübendorf has the option.

I think some places have special stickers (Sonderabfall?) that you can stick on normal bags as well. I've not used them so I've no idea.
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Hey TC, calm down, missed the part of recycling centers?

@Laufen: this is a map of recycling centers https://recycling-map.ch/en/ The whole explanation on how to separate the waste also on the same site https://recycling-map.ch/en/collected-items/

Enter your postal code (PZL) and look for the site that accepts the wider variety of waste. Some things are free to dispose like carton and glass bottles. For furniture, old luggage or car tires you pay a little fee. So, fill the car and bring all the stuff there.
If it can fit into a black trash bag though?

@OP, also forgot there are stickers you can buy from local shops to attach to your trash (including normal black bags). One sticker will get rid of 25kg worth of trash.
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Old 05.01.2021, 16:48
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Hello,
I moved to CH a few months ago and just now getting to my boxes. If I want to throw away general trash (meaning things I don't want anymore and are too used/dirty/unusable to give away) can I put them in a black trash bag and pay to throw it away at the recycling centers?
That's exactly what we do. They weigh the plastic bags and you pay accordingly.
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Re: Throwing away general trash

Thank you! I do plan on having to pay for whatever I need to dispose of but I just didn't want to go through everything to sort (ugly mug here, used dish towel there). I just want to put it in a bag, have it weighed, and pay. I do want to recycle what I can and is reasonable or give away larger items that someone might want.

I live near the Adliswil recycle center and that might work.
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Re: Throwing away general trash

Bear in mind that you don't pay to throw away electrical items, metal, cardboard, paper etc - so you can save a lot by keeping those separate and putting them in the relevant place at the centre. They'll have a list on their website.

The rest would just be household waste, and at our place you just tip it into a small container / big crate which is on a weighing forklift trolley and they charge you accordingly. No need to bag it up, I just take it along in whatever containers are convenient and tip it in, or break down big items like broken cupboards and take the sheet "wood" in the car.

The only small exception is non-flammable stuff (like bricks, tiles) which have to be weighed and charged separately, but you probably don't have anything like that.
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Re: Throwing away general trash

There are recyling centres who don't care what you are throwing and you'll pay in KG. Always check the local laws before just throwing away because you can get fined
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Re: Throwing away general trash

Please avoid taking electrical items to the dump. Take them back to any shop that sells electrical items.

By law we pay an extra tax when purchasing these goods and it is the shop’s responsibility to take back all of these goods. Not only the products they sold, but all such products even if bought overseas.

If we all did this I suspect we would see a vast improvement in product quality and longevity. We also need more options for product repair. For example our 2 year old Braun Blender just stopped working. I couldn’t find anybody to open it up and try and fix it. I initially suspected it was a fuse that had blown, but the repair manual I found suggested Braun no longer uses fuses in their product, they use “non-repairable electronic sensors”. These are soldiered in place. So I took it back to interdiscount and talked to the manager. He offered me a discount on a replacement. I didn’t buy a Braun.
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Re: Throwing away general trash

I take electrical items to the Entsorgungspark (dump) and the people there are glad to take them and charge me nothing for them.
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Re: Throwing away general trash

Hi guys,
we do have to pay the special Zürich bags (if you live there like me) which are not cheap as it’s like paying a trash tax.
We also have Mr. Green at home. It’s great, we pay around 20 fr a months and we can fill up 3 of them bags a months. It’s for recycling: plastic, battery, some electric stuff ecc. They come to collect the bags once a months: http://mr-green.ch/
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If we all did this I suspect we would see a vast improvement in product quality and longevity. We also need more options for product repair. For example our 2 year old Braun Blender just stopped working. I couldn’t find anybody to open it up and try and fix it. I initially suspected it was a fuse that had blown, but the repair manual I found suggested Braun no longer uses fuses in their product, they use “non-repairable electronic sensors”. These are soldiered in place. So I took it back to interdiscount and talked to the manager. He offered me a discount on a replacement. I didn’t buy a Braun.
I have had great results with Braun, it was the Philips mixer that would always overheat and stop.

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By law we pay an extra tax when purchasing these goods and it is the shop’s responsibility to take back all of these goods. Not only the products they sold, but all such products even if bought overseas.
Is this still in effect?

I used to have no problem getting a store to dispose of an old item. But some years ago stores around here started asking for a (not insignificant) fee to do so, even when buying a new replacement from them.

Perhaps they are charging for labor/admin rather than disposal.

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Since then I just take things to the Gemeinde Entsorgungszentrum, as the fee is less than what stores were asking - and there is less hassle involved.
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Re: Throwing away general trash

I had this problem as well when trying to get rid of an old car battery.

Bauhaus only wanted to take it if I bought a new one with them.
I didn't feel like arguing the point with them as I was dealing with much more pressing issues that day. I went back a few days later, tried again and they didn't fuss about it at all.
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NOOOOO! ......
You need to buy special bin bags, these can normally be bought from local shops (ask for abfallsack or zürisack). They are special and supplied by the geminde. They cost around 30 Swiss francs which is actually the tax for having the trash removed......

No they don't
They cost this much plus what the shop you buy it from adds to it. (link in German only it seems, good way to learn but numbers are fairly international anyway )

OP: If you are not talking tiny stuff, it's always better/cheaper bringing it to a collection point.
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OP: If you are not talking tiny stuff, it's always better/cheaper bringing it to a collection point.
No necessarily - if it's very dense it's cheaper in the bags.

I threw out a load of solid rubber tiles, a few 35l bags each > 15kg, would have been about three times as much at the disposal park.
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Re: Throwing away general trash

In which cantons do they give the option to use the stickers? I can't find any info about it, canton Vaud. That's very interesting as the white bags don't fit into my trash bin so I use black bags anyway which I later push into the white bag, inconvenient but I am too lazy to go through the hassle to find a trash bin matching the size of the official white bag.
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No necessarily - if it's very dense it's cheaper in the bags.

I threw out a load of solid rubber tiles, a few 35l bags each > 15kg, would have been about three times as much at the disposal park.
Sounds like you agree with me. You call it dense, I call it tiny.

I found a way to crumble polystyrene without messing up the entire flat, since then I put it in the trash bags.
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Re: Throwing away general trash

In the spirit of taking things back to a place that sells them, does anyone know if I can dispose of old bicycle tyres at any old bike shop? They have a metal bead so can't be cut up easily.
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