Login or Sign Up
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Forums in Geneva > Geneva > Recycling plastics?
 
Only members can see photos
Only members can see names and photos
Recycling plastics?
Where do I go to recycle plastics? Our neighborhood collection facility has a bin for PET plastics, but not other kinds. I noticed that some Coops have a bin for "PE" but it seems to be mainly for milk bottles?

I'm used to being able to recycle plastic bags (like grocery bags), plastic bottles, and other types of #1 and #2 plastics (we did this all the time in the states). Are there places I can take those here?
The text you are quoting:
Where do I go to recycle plastics? Our neighborhood collection facility has a bin for PET plastics, but not other kinds. I noticed that some Coops have a bin for "PE" but it seems to be mainly for milk bottles?

I'm used to being able to recycle plastic bags (like grocery bags), plastic bottles, and other types of #1 and #2 plastics (we did this all the time in the states). Are there places I can take those here?
MarcyMar 31, 2007 @ 13:06
Your Reply:
Reply  Reply With Quote  Thank Poster
! Report to Admin
 
14 Replies | 2227 Views      |  Send to friend
 
Only members can see photos
Only members can see names and photos
Re: Recycling plastics?
Post 1
not aware of whatelse you can do to recycle.....it's getting there...
The text you are quoting:
not aware of whatelse you can do to recycle.....it's getting there...
Iolly, Mar 31, 2007 @ 13:26
Your Reply:
Reply  Reply With Quote  Thank Poster
! Report to Admin
Only members can see photos
Only members can see names and photos
Re: Recycling plastics?
Post 2

Hello,


Does anyone have updates on this subject? Is there any place in Geneva that collects plastic waste for recycling?

The text you are quoting:

Hello,


Does anyone have updates on this subject? Is there any place in Geneva that collects plastic waste for recycling?


Rania M, Sep 20, 2017 @ 18:42
Your Reply:
Reply  Reply With Quote  Thank Poster
! Report to Admin
Only members can see photos
Only members can see names and photos
Re: Recycling plastics?
Post 3

I don’t have any answers for plastic items in general, but I give my clean and re-usable plastic bags to a couple of the local charity shops where material for wrapping customers’ purchases is often in short supply.


R.

The text you are quoting:

I don’t have any answers for plastic items in general, but I give my clean and re-usable plastic bags to a couple of the local charity shops where material for wrapping customers’ purchases is often in short supply.


R.


Ritchie, Sep 20, 2017 @ 21:23
Your Reply:
Reply  Reply With Quote  Thank Poster
! Report to Admin
Only members can see photos
Only members can see names and photos
Re: Recycling plastics?
Post 4

Don't want to brag or anything [which is exactly what I am doing of course] but we here in France have HUGE bins for the collection of rubbish, including one such for all plastic waste. Bit of a schlep for yaw'll to come over the border but we accumulate our plastics in a large bag and then tip them into the container perioidically. After all, they are not heavy.

The text you are quoting:

Don't want to brag or anything [which is exactly what I am doing of course] but we here in France have HUGE bins for the collection of rubbish, including one such for all plastic waste. Bit of a schlep for yaw'll to come over the border but we accumulate our plastics in a large bag and then tip them into the container perioidically. After all, they are not heavy.


sheila c, Sep 21, 2017 @ 12:14
Your Reply:
Reply  Reply With Quote  Thank Poster
! Report to Admin
Only members can see photos
Only members can see names and photos
Re: Recycling plastics?
Post 5

Don't want to brag or anything [which is exactly what I am doing of course] but we here in France have HUGE bins for the collection of rubbish, including one such for all plastic waste. Bit of a schlep for yaw'll to come over the border but we accumulate our plastics in a large bag and then tip them into the container perioidically. After all, they are not heavy.


Sep 21, 17 12:14

Thanks for the info, Sheila.


CH will probably introduce a similar scheme but, as you know, innovations take a little while before they become reality around here – but they do usually happen in the end.


Meantime, enjoy your trips to the plastic dump and the sunshine!


R.

The text you are quoting:

Thanks for the info, Sheila.


CH will probably introduce a similar scheme but, as you know, innovations take a little while before they become reality around here – but they do usually happen in the end.


Meantime, enjoy your trips to the plastic dump and the sunshine!


R.


Ritchie, Sep 21, 2017 @ 12:26
Your Reply:
Reply  Reply With Quote  Thank Poster
! Report to Admin
Only members can see photos
Only members can see names and photos
Re: Recycling plastics?
Post 6

Thanks Ritchie and Sheila for the info. I guess I will be crossing the border to dump my plastic. It seems a bit crazy in such an advanced country like Switzerland! 

The text you are quoting:

Thanks Ritchie and Sheila for the info. I guess I will be crossing the border to dump my plastic. It seems a bit crazy in such an advanced country like Switzerland! 


Rania M, Sep 22, 2017 @ 11:52
Your Reply:
Reply  Reply With Quote  Thank Poster
! Report to Admin
Only members can see photos
Only members can see names and photos
Re: Recycling plastics?
Post 7

Thanks Ritchie and Sheila for the info. I guess I will be crossing the border to dump my plastic. It seems a bit crazy in such an advanced country like Switzerland! 


Sep 22, 17 11:52

Hush!  It’s a well-kept secret that CH is not an “advanced” country.

The text you are quoting:

Hush!  It’s a well-kept secret that CH is not an “advanced” country.


Ritchie, Sep 22, 2017 @ 12:08
Your Reply:
Reply  Reply With Quote  Thank Poster
! Report to Admin
Only members can see photos
Only members can see names and photos
Re: Recycling plastics?
Post 8

Really had to laugh at your latest gem R!!!!

The text you are quoting:

Really had to laugh at your latest gem R!!!!


sheila c, Sep 22, 2017 @ 12:10
Your Reply:
Reply  Reply With Quote  Thank Poster
! Report to Admin
Only members can see photos
Only members can see names and photos
Re: Recycling plastics?
Post 9

Hush!  It’s a well-kept secret that CH is not an “advanced” country.


Sep 22, 17 12:08

... neither a "civilized" one.


 


To the OP: The Canton of Geneva apparently does not recycle all plastics. PET containers are only for bottles having contained drinks, except milk; for these there are PE containers in proximity of supermarkets (I don't recall having seen these on the street). Bottles having contained shampoo, soap, detergents, or even oil or vinegar are not recyclable and must be disposed of in the normal waste.

The text you are quoting:

... neither a "civilized" one.


 


To the OP: The Canton of Geneva apparently does not recycle all plastics. PET containers are only for bottles having contained drinks, except milk; for these there are PE containers in proximity of supermarkets (I don't recall having seen these on the street). Bottles having contained shampoo, soap, detergents, or even oil or vinegar are not recyclable and must be disposed of in the normal waste.


TheOmegaMan, Oct 7, 2017 @ 19:12
Your Reply:
Reply  Reply With Quote  Thank Poster
! Report to Admin
Only members can see photos
Only members can see names and photos
Re: Recycling plastics?
Post 10

Just checking to see if there are any updates applicable to this thread?


We're using an eco point to recycle anything marked PET, and our local grocery store for things like milk cartons.  What about other plastics (e.g., yogurt cups, which have the recycling symbol on them)?


Thanks for any tips!

The text you are quoting:

Just checking to see if there are any updates applicable to this thread?


We're using an eco point to recycle anything marked PET, and our local grocery store for things like milk cartons.  What about other plastics (e.g., yogurt cups, which have the recycling symbol on them)?


Thanks for any tips!


Darwin Young, Apr 14, 2019 @ 21:05
Your Reply:
Reply  Reply With Quote  Thank Poster
! Report to Admin
Only members can see photos
Only members can see names and photos
Re: Recycling plastics?
Post 11

This is a good video in English about recycling plastics in Switzerland:


https://www.swissinfo.ch/fre/multimedia/durabilit%C3%A9_pourquoi-les-suisses-ne-recyclent-ils-pas-plus-de-plastique-/44088114


Waste is not buried but incinerated and the energy is retrieved. Doesn't avoid air pollution, I know. And I agree it's not a good feeling to be binning packaging....


This is the website of the Confederation on all recycling in English:


https://www.bafu.admin.ch/bafu/en/home/topics/waste/guide-to-waste-a-z/plastics.html


Finally, this is a document in French about why other plastics are not recycled in Switzerland. It shows that in Germany, the yellow bags which collect composite plastics, are in fact incinerated for the most part.Composite plastic is difficult to valorise as it is tainted and not easily transformed.


http://www.swissrecycling.ch/fileadmin/rd/pdf/wertstoffe/kunststoff/20160513_FB_KST_f.pdf


Switzerland may appear as being slow on the uptake for recycling plastics but it's not necessarily true. They take longer to test new methods to see what is best in the long term.

The text you are quoting:

This is a good video in English about recycling plastics in Switzerland:


https://www.swissinfo.ch/fre/multimedia/durabilit%C3%A9_pourquoi-les-suisses-ne-recyclent-ils-pas-plus-de-plastique-/44088114


Waste is not buried but incinerated and the energy is retrieved. Doesn't avoid air pollution, I know. And I agree it's not a good feeling to be binning packaging....


This is the website of the Confederation on all recycling in English:


https://www.bafu.admin.ch/bafu/en/home/topics/waste/guide-to-waste-a-z/plastics.html


Finally, this is a document in French about why other plastics are not recycled in Switzerland. It shows that in Germany, the yellow bags which collect composite plastics, are in fact incinerated for the most part.Composite plastic is difficult to valorise as it is tainted and not easily transformed.


http://www.swissrecycling.ch/fileadmin/rd/pdf/wertstoffe/kunststoff/20160513_FB_KST_f.pdf


Switzerland may appear as being slow on the uptake for recycling plastics but it's not necessarily true. They take longer to test new methods to see what is best in the long term.


Anne-Marie L, Apr 14, 2019 @ 21:46
Your Reply:
Reply  Reply With Quote  Thank Poster
! Report to Admin
Only members can see photos
Only members can see names and photos
Re: Recycling plastics?
Post 12

Which grocery stores in Geneva will take, as the video mentioned, plastic bottles for items such as shampoo? Please advise of any specific locations. Thanks!

The text you are quoting:

Which grocery stores in Geneva will take, as the video mentioned, plastic bottles for items such as shampoo? Please advise of any specific locations. Thanks!


Darwin Young, Apr 16, 2019 @ 22:15
Your Reply:
Reply  Reply With Quote  Thank Poster
! Report to Admin
Only members can see photos
Only members can see names and photos
Re: Recycling plastics?
Post 13

There are recycling points for plastics in these supermarkets:


Coop Bernex: https://goo.gl/maps/AZh1mrhWGd22


Migros Eaux-Vives: https://goo.gl/maps/gfren5mTP3ZvCnqV9


 

The text you are quoting:

There are recycling points for plastics in these supermarkets:


Coop Bernex: https://goo.gl/maps/AZh1mrhWGd22


Migros Eaux-Vives: https://goo.gl/maps/gfren5mTP3ZvCnqV9


 


TheOmegaMan, Apr 17, 2019 @ 14:57
Your Reply:
Reply  Reply With Quote  Thank Poster
! Report to Admin
14 Replies | 2227 Views      |  Send to friend
 
 
 
Feedback Form