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House: how to sort your waste?


Sorting household waste helps preserve the environment but also saves raw materials (wood, cardboard, paper, plastic and glass). How to sort the waste in your home and in which bin to throw it? Our answers.

On average, a French person produces 582 kilograms of waste per year.

What are the current waste sorting instructions?

What are the different types of waste?

According to the law of July 15, 1975, "

Is a waste within the meaning of this law any residue of a process of production, transformation or use, any substance, material, product or more generally any movable property abandoned or that its holder destined for abandonment



In the house, there are 6 large families of household waste:

  • Putrescible waste

  • Papers and cardboards

  • Glass

  • Plastics

  • Metals

  • Others

Which waste in which bin?

Selective sorting of your household waste is a habit to adopt.

In which bin should you put each type of waste?

Note that this will depend on your municipality of residence.

Most local authorities distribute sorting guides with sorting instructions to be followed per inhabitant.

Consult your city's website online or inquire at your town hall.

But in general, the sorting of waste is carried out as follows:

In the classic bin (different color depending on the municipality):

  • Non-recyclable waste (aluminum foil, table glass or broken plate, etc.),

  • food scraps,

  • baby diapers,

  • Hygienic protections.

In the yellow bin:

  • Plastic,

  • paper and cardboard,

  • boxes and packaging,

  • Metal,

  • plastic flasks and bottles,

  • waste paper,

  • Cans and spray.

All packaging can be sorted, without exception (plastic and metal packaging, yoghurt pots, cartons, food cartons, etc.). Know that even soiled packaging can be recycled, even pizza boxes or soup cartons.

There is no point in washing it: you would waste water for nothing.

However, empty it and remove food residue before sorting it.

To bring to the recycling center:

  • Wooden furniture (you can also use bulky ones).

  • Electrical and electronic elements.

  • Building and garden waste.

  • Gas cylinders.

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What about other waste?

  • Glass waste (bottles, pots, jars) should generally be deposited in public containers (or in the glass bin, the color of which changes depending on the municipality)

  • The wood is recyclable in the recycling center.

  • Textiles, linen and shoes can be deposited in a textile terminal, dedicated containers or donated to associations.

  • Bedding, large furniture and large household appliances can go to bulky items.

  • Batteries, batteries and bulbs must be deposited in the terminals available at the entrance to supermarkets.

  • Medicines must be returned to the pharmacy.

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How to sort your organic waste?

Organic and green waste can be recycled by making your own compost or by depositing it in a recycling center or in a green collection point in the municipality.

What do we qualify as bio-waste?

  • Peelings and kitchen scraps (fruits and vegetables),

  • Meal leftovers,

  • Coffee grounds with the paper filter,

  • tea bags and leaves,

  • Fresh plants and garden waste (dead leaves, branches, faded flowers, grass clippings).

Some local authorities provide you with free individual garden composters for home composting.

Check with your town hall.

Sorting household waste is beneficial for everyone.

It saves natural resources and limits pollution by promoting reuse or recycling.

Source: lefigaro

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