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The 5 biggest myths about sorting and recycling waste

Cardboard boxes are put in the paper bin, cans in the yellow sack and leftover food is disposed of in the organic waste. But separating rubbish properly is not always easy. In each municipality, the sorting of waste is different and different rules apply. One community has a packaging bin, the other a so-called recycling bin. Mostly there are bins or containers for organic and garden waste, paper, plastic, metal and glass. There are real fighters among us who try their hand at the zero waste lifestyle. Their garbage within a year fits in a jam jar. But most of us produce quite a bit of junk every week. Most of it can recycled and we save money a lot CO₂ and natural raw materials. But not all garbage can be recycled that easily. One of the most important prerequisites for this: The recycling material must be sorted correctly when it is sorted. Our household waste should also be disposed of in such a way that it can be easily processed. But where there are rules, there are also mistakes. There is often a lack of background knowledge about the possibilities and processes, which is why we have put together the five biggest myths in the field of waste separation and recycling in this article.

Myth # 1

Paper always belongs to paper.

Paper waste is hard to avoid and there are indeed good ways to recycle paper. However, not all paper is the same. What, for example, definitely does not belong in the paper wasteReceipt or tickets. These consist of thermal paper and are difficult to process. Both belong in the residual waste. The same applies to baking paper, which has a Teflon coating that ensures that the cake can be easily removed. Contaminated paper bags and facial tissues also do not belong in the paper waste.If you find the green dot on packaging cardboard, you can be absolutely sure that the cardboard is suitable for the paper bin.

Myth # 2

You don't have to separate old glass by color, because in the end everything is thrown together.

The rumor is of course not true and is almost a conspiracy. Hardly any other material can be recycled as easily as glass. The waste glass does not have to be separated by color, because in the end everything ends up in the same truck anyway, that's nonsense. In the truck, each color of glass comes neatly into its own chamber. This is the only way to produce high-quality new bottles and glasses from the old glass. Unfortunately, a lot of recycling potential is lost because the material is not in the right containers for white, brown and green glass is thrown in.

Myth # 3

Old toothbrushes belong in the yellow sack or bin.

The toothbrush is made of plastic. But not all plastic is the same - especially not when it comes to sorting waste. Only belong in the yellow sack / bin Lightweight packaging - The toothbrush is definitely not one and therefore belongs in the residual waste bin.
For the future: Only packaging belongs in the yellow sack / bin. Other plastic products have no place in it.

Myth # 4

Trash separation really does not help, as everything is incinerated.

You make every effort to separate the waste and in the end it all ends up in the waste incineration plant? Not correct! Not everything that we throw away is reused today, but waste separation is the basis for us to be able to retrieve valuable raw materials from our household waste in the future and thus protect them from incineration.

Myth # 5

CDs and DVDs are recyclable and belong in the yellow sack or bin.

In times of Spotify, Netflix and Co., entire CD and DVD collections go into the yellow sack / bin. In any case, they don't belong to him. The yellow sack / bin isno recycling bin. Strictly speaking, allowed hereonly light packagingthat are not made of glass or paper should be disposed of.
It is best to bring your old music and film collections to the recycling yard, to the acceptance point of an electronics store or, even better, to the flea market. Who knows, maybe one or the other will be happy about your film collection.

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