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Question about cardboard recycling

This may be a silly question, but anyway... would they still pick up my cardboard (or paper for that matter) if it was bound up inside a paper Migros bag?

I would like to recycle all sorts of little scraps of paper/paperboard, egg cartons, whatever. But tying it up into a neat square is not always practical.

Do they even take paperboard on the street or is that only for corrugated cardboard? Then tying it into a neat square is more sensible I guess.
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Old 07.03.2010, 23:17
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Re: Question about cardboard recycling

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This may be a silly question, but anyway... would they still pick up my cardboard (or paper for that matter) if it was bound up inside a paper Migros bag?

I would like to recycle all sorts of little scraps of paper/paperboard, egg cartons, whatever. But tying it up into a neat square is not always practical.

Do they even take paperboard on the street or is that only for corrugated cardboard? Then tying it into a neat square is more sensible I guess.


not a silly question at all!! took me 2weeks of watching my neighbours to figure out yes where we live they do take it!! I don't bind all the papers or cardboard ( more a rush job on that morning) but I do have them neatly placed in a paper bag and once they all fit and nothing can fall out they seem to take them!! not sure if it will be the same in a city area but in the countryside they do
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Re: Question about cardboard recycling

No the papers do have to be bundled with twine and as far as I know they will not accept printed shopping bags as they ruin the recycling process.
The guidelines are written on the timetable they send out, I think.
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Re: Question about cardboard recycling

But do the bundles have to have stickers?
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But do the bundles have to have stickers?
No they don't.
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No the papers do have to be bundled with twine and as far as I know they will not accept printed shopping bags as they ruin the recycling process.
The guidelines are written on the timetable they send out, I think.
Indeed - Papers need to be separate from cardboard, and the "shop" bags count as cardboard as they are often coated to make them last a little longer and made with heavier weight paper.

We've always stuffed cardboard into these (bags) until they are full, while paper is separate.
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Indeed - Papers need to be separate from cardboard, and the "shop" bags count as cardboard as they are often coated to make them last a little longer and made with heavier weight paper.

We've always stuffed cardboard into these (bags) until they are full, while paper is separate.
While this is generally the case, some comunes don't require the separation of cardboard and paper.
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The Zurich city website says:

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3. Karton falten, bündeln und schnüren
Keine Papiertragetaschen oder Kartons als Sammelbox
verwenden: Sie beeinträchtigen das Sammeln
und das Recycling und werden von ERZ nicht mitgenommen.
You have to fold or bind the cardboard. Don't use paper bags or boxes as a "collection box".

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Old 27.06.2011, 15:07
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Re: Question about cardboard recycling

In Basel Stadt they will take the Marktkauf paper bags, Coop bags and even boxes stuffed full of paper and cardboard. I've never tied mine up with string or put it in a neat pile. It's nearly always a Marktkauf bag stuffed full of paper/card.
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Old 27.06.2011, 15:19
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some communes don't require the separation of cardboard and paper.
Yes, here you just toss it all in a special dumpster, plus bins for glass, PET, and metal (no separation of steel/aluminum).

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Old 27.06.2011, 15:21
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In Basel Stadt they will take the Marktkauf paper bags, Coop bags and even boxes stuffed full of paper and cardboard. I've never tied mine up with string or put it in a neat pile. It's nearly always a Marktkauf bag stuffed full of paper/card.
Same here - I flatten all my cardboard stuff and pack them into the older Migros/Coop bags. I used to think that we had to tie them up with string but followed suit what my neighbours are doing - never had a problem!

Some gemeindes are more anal I suppose - when in doubt, copy your neighbours!
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Re: Question about cardboard recycling

Yep, here in Baselland, the official guidance says that you're not supposed to put things inside paper bags, and a quick survey of the street indicates that about half the people bind their paper with string, while the other half ignore the guidance and use paper bags. The geminde seems to collect both without complaint.

I go halfway inbetween -- I put out my paper in a paper bag, but I make sure it's 100% paper rather than the coated paper that you get from most stores. I'm not sure if that makes it better or worse, but at least there's a logic in my mind.

Try it one week -- if the bag stays, you know that you've got to bind it. If the bag goes, you know that it's OK for next time.
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Old 27.06.2011, 18:54
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Re: Question about cardboard recycling

Alright I got it. But here's the deal. I just moved in. Got stacks of paper from the shipping company and just bought a poop load of stuff at Ikea. There is cardboard and styrofoam. Where do you get rid of all this stuff. The little green sheet says they will pickup paper and cardboard sometime in July. Is there some place I can drive to to dump all this?
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Old 27.06.2011, 18:57
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Re: Question about cardboard recycling

and another thing, if these people are so crazy about all this, why do they make it so difficult. I am all for recycling, don't get me wrong, but this is nuts! Do this this but we're gonna make you work for it. FTS!
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Alright I got it. But here's the deal. I just moved in. Got stacks of paper from the shipping company and just bought a poop load of stuff at Ikea. There is cardboard and styrofoam. Where do you get rid of all this stuff. The little green sheet says they will pickup paper and cardboard sometime in July. Is there some place I can drive to to dump all this?
Assuming Zollikerberg is in the Gemeinde Zollikon, here is the information
about rubbish recycling and collection,

http://www.zollikon.ch/dl.php/de/0dc...ender_2011.PDF

Your collection point is open normal hours at
Z o l l ik e r b e r g : W e r k h o f , Ob e r h u b s t r a s s e ..........Ho h f u r e n s t r as s e
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Assuming Zollikerberg is in the Gemeinde Zollikon, here is the information
about rubbish recycling and collection,

http://www.zollikon.ch/dl.php/de/0dc...ender_2011.PDF

Your collection point is open normal hours at
Z o l l ik e r b e r g : W e r k h o f , Ob e r h u b s t r a s s e ..........Ho h f u r e n s t r as s e
At the Werkhof they do not accept styrofoam (styropor) unless it is "chips".
That you can take back to Ikea.
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Is there some place I can drive to to dump all this?
Come visit me, bring beer and food, and I'll dump all you wish!

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Re: Question about cardboard recycling

I have read a lot of threads about recycling, but did not find out the answer to one question: where do I get a thread to tie cardboard and paper? How is the thread called in German and where can I buy it?

I have a paper and cardbard recycling days approaching and half of my living room is filled with the carton boxes from Ikea, and I have no car to get it back to Ikea (anyway, it would require at least 3 trips to get rid of all of them).

Thanks.
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I have read a lot of threads about recycling, but did not find out the answer to one question: where do I get a thread to tie cardboard and paper? How is the thread called in German and where can I buy it?

I have a paper and cardbard recycling days approaching and half of my living room is filled with the carton boxes from Ikea, and I have no car to get it back to Ikea (anyway, it would require at least 3 trips to get rid of all of them).

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I just use any string for paper an stick cardboard inside a carboard box and they always take it!
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Re: Question about cardboard recycling

If I put out the cardboard a day early (in Zurich) (because I'm going out of town), am I going to get a nastygram?
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