Plastic packaging sorting instructions for households
Empty, clean and dry plastic household packaging
- Plastic food packaging such as yoghurt pots, butter tubs and packaging for colt cuts, cheese and ready meals
- Detergent, shampoo and soap packaging
- Plastic bottles, cans and jars, preferably flattened
- Plastic carrier bags, bags and wrappings
- Dirty plastic packaging and mixed waste
- PVC packaging
- Other plastic products or plastic packaging waste from companies
Any packaging that contains residues of dangerous substances and pressurised packaging (e.g. paint, chemicals, oils, medicines, hairspray) must be taken to your local hazardous waste collection point.
Do I need to remove caps and lids?
Yes, whenever this is possible. You should remove caps, lids, dispenser pumps and similar loose parts (e.g. films on cheese packaging) and place these into the collection container separately.
An optical reader identifies the different types of plastic in the recycling process, which are then separated. For example, if a tray and the film on it are made of different types of plastic and are still joined together, the reader will only recognise one type. Some packaging material is thus placed in the wrong group, which can significantly hamper the recycling process.
Other detachable parts, such as the pumps found in detergent bottles, should be separated before recycling.