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What are the types of recycling bins

Recycling is an activity that is increasingly known to all and that, gradually, has been implemented in homes and companies during the last decades. The purpose of recycling is to help the environment, stop the accumulation of garbage in landfills and improve the quality of life on our planet.

However, despite efforts to explain it correctly, errors are still frequent when classifying garbage or distinguishing the use of each container. ¿ What are the types of recycling bins ? What type of waste is deposited inside? If you still have doubts about these concepts, in the following AgroCorrn article we will help you solve these doubts.

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  1. Yellow container
  2. Blue container
  3. Green container (igloo)
  4. Brown container: organic
  5. Gray container
  6. Special containers

Yellow container

In the yellow container packaging must be deposited , whether metal or plastic:

  • Bricks.
  • Plastic bottles.
  • White cork trays.
  • Caps and plugs.
  • Disposable plates.
  • Egg cups.
  • Nets and meshes.
  • Bottles without nipple.
  • Bottles of hygiene products.
  • Cleaning products jars.
  • Tin cans.
  • Drink cans.
  • Plastic food bags and wrappers.
  • Transparent polyethylene film.
  • Aluminum and plastic blister packs.

Some of the most frequent errors, that is, waste that should not be deposited in this container are:

  • Aerosol sprays.
  • Toys.
  • Non-packaging metal and plastic products such as video tapes, CDs, and plastic toys.

Blue container

This container is specific to deposit cardboard and paper such as:

  • Cookie boxes.
  • Cereal boxes.
  • Cardboard egg cups.
  • Shoe boxes.
  • Newspapers
  • Journals.
  • Gift Wrap.
  • Brochures

It is important to fold and fold the cardboard waste of greater volume, as in the case of boxes, so that they occupy as little as possible. It is also important to pay special attention when separating mixed waste , such as the rings of a notebook, staples, or, generally, the packaging of toys.

Some elements that we should not throw in this container are:

  • Bricks.
  • Napkins.
  • Used handkerchiefs.
  • Used kitchen paper.
  • Diapers
  • Compresses

Green container (igloo)

The green container or green igloo, is destined to get rid of the glass. This category includes glass bottles or jars, canning jars, and other foods.

In this case, special attention must be paid when removing the lid and stopper from the bottles or jars and depositing it in the appropriate container, depending on its composition (metal, plastic or cork).

Regarding the waste that we should not deposit in this green container, we find:

  • Metals
  • Ceramics
  • Porcelain.
  • Flat glass for pictures or windows.
  • Vitroceramics.
  • Light bulbs.
  • Fluorescent tubes.
  • Mirrors.

Brown container: organic

Although depending on which countries you are not very familiar with this type of container, the reality is that more and more cities have them. As its name suggests, organic containers are intended for organic waste . It is normally dark in color, usually brown, although sometimes they are assigned the color orange. This container is suitable for all waste of animal or vegetable origin , such as:

  • Leftovers.
  • Fruit.
  • Bones.
  • Sheets.
  • Remaining.
  • Flores.
  • Estate.
  • Papers and napkins stained with oil or other organic debris.

On the other hand, you should never deposit in this container :

  • Dust.
  • Butts.
  • Ashes
  • Diapers
  • Compresses and tampons.
  • Wet wipes.
  • Floss.
  • Band-Aids.
  • Adhesive.
  • Gauze
  • Cotton.

Gray container

It is common to use this container to get rid of everything that we do not know in which other container to deposit, but the truth is that this bin is designed for biodegradable waste that does not have a specific collection container. Summarizing, we could say that in the gray container they go :

  • Dust.
  • Hair collected.
  • Vacuum cleaner remains.
  • Animal poop.
  • Butts.
  • Plugs.
  • Disposable products.
  • Diapers
  • Compresses

If you still have doubts, in the following AgroCorrn article we explain at length what is recycled in the gray container .

Special containers

In addition to all these containers, which are the basic ones that usually exist in all cities, there are other more specific types of containers for certain products. Here we will talk about what are the special containers and what waste is disposed of:

  • Battery containers : intended for small batteries and cells that no longer have energy.
  • Medicine container : for the deposit of pharmacy products or expired medicines, including boxes and plastic containers.
  • Clothing and footwear container : they are usually associated with NGOs, or charities in order to reuse and take advantage of the clothes.
  • Oil container : intended for used oil, which is very polluting.

Finally, we can remember that there are special areas, called clean points , in which waste is collected that due to its characteristics, dangerousness or size cannot be deposited in the garbage containers set up on the street.

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Maria Anderson

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