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Old 18.06.2021, 22:07
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cardboard recycling - how the bundle should look like?

I've read bunch of threads here and searched all over the ch internet in last several hours, but I cannot find one thing - how big carboard bundle is allowed to be?

I found for paper, for example in Adliswil, limit is 5 kg, and it has to be twine secured. Also, nothing about the size od the bunch, I guess closed newspapers folded once is ok? So that's close to A4 if I remember correctly.

For cardboard they say only twine and something that I've interpreted as 'easy to handle' but no clue what that is?

Like, in how small pieces we're supposed to cut the box?

Like, if box is 1x1m when unfolded, what to do with it?
My current assumption is that it would be fine to leave bunch of them twined like that, but leave it vertically, and watch out for total weight, to maybe be below those same 5kg?

But I've seen people mentioning cutting, so I wonder what size is permitted?
Like, A4, A3, A2
Or it's just about bundle being sturdy and less than 5kg?

Or whatever weight limit for paper is for certain Gemeinde?
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Re: cardboard recycling - how the bundle should look like?

Have you moved yet? Or found an apartment?
If not stop thinking about these things.
These rules are generally made up at the Gemeinde level. So move then check the rules.
If you move to an apartment block there might even be a "Container" where you can leave paper or cardboard.
So take a deep breath and stopp worrying until you have moved
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Re: cardboard recycling - how the bundle should look like?

Although I don't know about any official rules, I have watched the men collect the cardboard, and they have to pick those bundles up from the pavement and toss them up into the truck. Given that he works for several hours doing this, in repetitive movements, I'd say the bundles should be small enough that one man can easily grab (ideally with one hand), lift and throw it.

Although it is not permitted is to pack the cardboard into a plastic or paper bag, perhaps a large supermarket paper shopping bag (generically called a "Migrostasche" or "Tragtasche", here) is a good measure. Here's a photo, on the Zurich City site:
https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/ted/de/...nsammlung.html
(scroll down to "Karton falten, bündeln, schnüren, fertig!")

The machines at the recycling plant will have to be able to mulch the cardboard (and it follows that coated packaging or soiled cardboard, paper, Styrofoam, Tetra Pak containers, frozen product packaging are not allowed), so the string, too, should not be plastic rope.

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Old 18.06.2021, 22:59
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Re: cardboard recycling - how the bundle should look like?

Quite a few years ago, it was our first months in Swizzerland. Time to put out the paper for recycling.

Where ? Quick walk about on the street, and there are the recycling paper piles, stacked up on street corners.

What ? Neatly tided blocks of old paper, newspapers, letters, envelopes ....
How ? With a double string.
When ????? Welcome to CH !! A few of the piles had the local newspapers ALL sorted by publication and ALL in date order !


Ours was a tight mismatch of any old paper we had from our place.


Think of the environment !!
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Old 18.06.2021, 23:28
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These rules are generally made up at the Gemeinde level.

Amen to that (may be more complicated in major cities). Check your Gemeinde's website. On our relatively small municipality's website, there is all the information we need, including maximum dimensions and weight of bundle. (125 cm largest dimension and 30 kg here, but these folks are tough .)



Get strong twig of mulchable material. Thicker twig is friendlier for the workers and you will be glad if you have to carry the bundle too.



Also mind that in many municipalities you may have to buy stickers, which are put on per bundle. Hence the incentive to have a neat package that maximizes what you put in each bundle, within permitted limits of course. Not the Seattle (or Zürich or whatever) stomp, but close.


Here the locals advise to put your bundle out no sooner than the night before pickup to avoid "borrowing" of stickers. Hasn't happened to us and I think they may be pulling our legs, but just in case, taking a pic of your bundle with sticker can help if the Gemeinde comes knocking.


Or take your cardboard to the central recycling center, which is free for us.
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Re: cardboard recycling - how the bundle should look like?

5kg is a lot of cardboard.
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Re: cardboard recycling - how the bundle should look like?

Really depends on where you live. We have a large container in our underground car park and we can throw in both paper and cardboard together however the hell we like - very un-Swiss!
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I've read bunch of threads here and searched all over the ch internet in last several hours, but I cannot find one thing - how big carboard bundle is allowed to be?

I found for paper, for example in Adliswil, limit is 5 kg, and it has to be twine secured. Also, nothing about the size od the bunch, I guess closed newspapers folded once is ok? So that's close to A4 if I remember correctly.
Yes, definitely. A4 is OK, could be bigger, people are not that precise. Bundle it up tightly.

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For cardboard they say only twine and something that I've interpreted as 'easy to handle' but no clue what that is?

Like, in how small pieces we're supposed to cut the box?

Like, if box is 1x1m when unfolded, what to do with it?
My current assumption is that it would be fine to leave bunch of them twined like that, but leave it vertically, and watch out for total weight, to maybe be below those same 5kg?
With cardboard it's a bit more chaotic, you basically have to fold the boxes and the rest of the cardboard also bundle it in some way or put them in a smaller box so they won't spread all over the place. Oh, and don't put the little pieces of cardboard coming from various packages in a paper bag, in some places they specifically advise you against it. Fold them, bundle them up too. (nothing "precise" here as that would be really difficult)

When you have lots of paper and cardboard to recycle it's better to take them to the recycling centre yourself. Don't stress yourself about this stuff, you'll learn by observing your neighbours.
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Re: cardboard recycling - how the bundle should look like?

We just keep the biggest cardboard box we get and fill it with all the other cardboard, everyone else in our area seems to do the same.

In winter that could be a box from firewood, in summer probably from some garden equipment or furniture.

I'm sure some of them weight more than 5kg completely filled, but they're not super heavy for their size and easily manageable by one person. I figure if I've brought them up the stairs from our basement and to the collection point which is a little way down our road it's not going to be a problem for them to throw them in a bin lorry.
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Re: cardboard recycling - how the bundle should look like?

the paper collection system is too complicated for convenience, so i just bring the paper and cardboard to the container at the trash plaza, or the container at work, i think a private entsorgungshof would also take it for free.
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