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Outdoor recycling bins – A checklist

Updated 18 août 2021

When you’re out enjoying the great outdoors, it's not always easy to recognize which food packaging and containers are recyclable.

If we don't want garbage cans to overflow and disturb our natural environments, then we all have our part to play, starting with sound waste management when hitting the road. To help you see things more clearly and act more responsibly, we turned to Tricentris for the latest facts and figures to create this infographic that just about summarizes everything.

What to place in your RECYCLING

(emptied of its contents – no need to wash them)

  • Paper, cardboard packaging and containers, such as those used to carry pizzas or other prepared foods
    • Remove the soiled parts of the box.
    • Place the box flat by loosening the corners.
    • Fold the box so that it takes up less space in the bin.
  • Bags and wrappers, if they are made of plastic that stretches when you try to tear it, such as sliced bread bags.
  • Glass or metal containers.
  • Water or juice bottles, and beer, pop or sparkling water cans, whether returnable or not.
  • Aluminum foil and aluminum dishes go to recycling even if they are soiled.
    • Remove food scraps as best you can.
    • Then make a ball with the foil to trap the soiled portion.

What to put in the GARBAGE

  • Bags and wrappers, if they are made of a “stiffer” plastic that does not stretch, such as pasta or cereal bags.
  • Multi-layered plastic packaging, such as those used to keep chips or nuts fresh.
  • Plastic containers, lids and caps that do not have the Mobius strip (arrow triangle symbol) or #6.
  • Dirty cardboard cuttings and boxes that are completely soaked with grease.