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"Espresso" listener Gregor Stirnimann wants to know in which glass container he should properly dispose of blue and red Prosecco bottles. Thanks to «Espresso Aha!» there is the correct answer here.

Gregor Stirnimann says it with a smile on his lips: “It's not a world-shattering question. But I'm interested in how I properly dispose of blue and red Prosecco bottles. "

These have increased in recent years. "And then you stand in front of the containers and don't know whether these bottles will go into the white, green or brown container." There is nothing to be seen of blue and red.

In case of doubt in the green container

“Red and blue bottles belong in the green container,” explains Matthias Traber, head of communications at Swiss Recycling. Green makes up the largest proportion of the bottles collected, around 60 percent. "That is why the blue and red bottles are the least important here," says Traber.

One of the most weighty mistakes in disposal is to dispose of drinking glasses and flower vases in the white glass container. Although they look like white glass, "they contain lead, which reduces the quality of the recycled glass," says Matthias Traber.

It is also a deadly recycling sin to dispose of plates in the glass container - no matter what color they are. Crockery is usually made of porcelain or ceramics. “It belongs in the trash, just like salad bowls,” says Swiss Recycling.

Separate stays separate

Deodorant rollers in glass bottles are a particular challenge when it comes to disposal. Not because of the color - here it is now clear: if in doubt, in the green container. The challenge is the plastic caps that cannot be removed.

And plastic doesn't really belong in the glass recycling containers. “However, we can separate the plastic from deodorant rollers relatively easily from the rest of the glass. That is why they can be put into the appropriate hole without hesitation, ”says Matthias Traber.

Matthias Traber from Swiss Recycling repeatedly hears the assumption that when the used glass is collected, the differently colored bottles and glasses are mixed up again. "But it is wrong."

If you watch the crane on the truck while the containers are being emptied, from below it looks as if the containers are being emptied onto a single platform. However, there are partitions there and the colored bottles are carefully separated from each other.

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  • Comment from Astrid Meier (Swissmiss)
    Good to know. Up until now I have disposed of the blue bottles that occur every now and then in the residual waste, as well as the broken vase.
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  • Comment from Adrian Schneider, 3176 Neuenegg
    Basically, the hollow mass in which deodorants or shampoos are stored do not belong in the recycling cycle, because the fragrances and soap components contaminate the plastic or glass containers so much that they cannot be reused separately. Therefore all hollow masses that contain detergents, shower geles or soaps and tensiede CONSISTENTLY in the RESTMUELL.
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    1. answer from Egon Egici (egiciegon)
      aha, you know it's better than the man at swiss recycling ?!
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  • Commentary by Ursula Rychen, Arlesheim
    The contribution to the M competition is splitting hairs. Cars are raffled off by almost every publisher, across Europe. Only the owner of the relevant catalog or magazine can take part in each competition. So if M organizes a raffle for her customers, then it goes without saying that a customer should win who has made an effort and spent a little for it. I would find it frustrating if a 'sofa perpetrator' won one of the pieces!
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