Each person throughout the year generates a lot of waste, not all of it is recycled and if it is not done, it ends up contaminating the environment. That’s why learning to recycle to know what goes in each container is basic. The good news is that every year the percentage of material that is recycled from the waste we generate in a correct way increases.
The intention is good, although not always recycled correctly, which causes that in the end, you can not treat the waste as it should be and is the same as if we had not recycled, they end up contaminating.
In order for the recycling we do at home to be effective, we must throw every container and waste into the corresponding container. Learning where we should throw each thing is very easy and it is something that will help the planet.
So that everyone can do it, WellWo has prepared this little guide that will help you:
Learning to recycle: What containers are there and what should we throw in them?
Yellow container: here we should throw away mainly plastic containers (plastic bottles and bags, plastic food containers such as yoghurts or butter, cleaning products, cosmetics and plastic colognes), tetrabriks (milk, juice, smoothies, etc.) and metal containers (tin cans, aluminium trays, drink cans…).
Here we cannot throw away plastic containers that have contained toxic or dangerous waste, toys or batteries, among others. Neither can we throw away containers that contain food waste, if they have, we must throw them away in the generic container, the grey one.
Blue container: we will throw away the paper and cardboard containers that are not dirty. If we throw away envelopes, we must first remove the plastic windows. We must try to fold the cardboard boxes and large containers as much as possible so that they take up as little space as possible and we can throw more things away.
We also cannot throw away diapers, pizza boxes or adhesive paper in this container.
Green container: this is for glass containers. It is important to remove the metal lids (which will go into the yellow container) and the corks first. However, windows, broken glasses, plates, light bulbs, fluorescent lights and the like should be removed to a clean place, as they need special treatment.
Grey container (although sometimes it has a different colour): here we will deposit the rest of the waste that cannot be recycled: diapers, sanitary towels, dirty paper and cardboard, etc.
Brown container: in some municipalities they have this container to dispose of recyclable organic waste. In it we must deposit the remains of food, paper and cardboard stained with oil or grease, plants, corks, sawdust, coffee grounds, etc.
Where to ask for containers if we don’t have them in our neighborhood
In order to have more containers and clean points where we can recycle as much waste as possible near our house, we should ask the public administration (the city council) to install more in our neighborhood, this way we will facilitate recycling and the way to manage it.
If you have any doubt about where to throw some specific object, ask the town hall where you should throw the containers or in an official government web page. They will answer all your questions and tell you where to dispose of each container.
As you can see, learning to recycle is much easier and simpler than you imagined. All it takes is attitude and commitment, so that together we can take care of the planet we live in.