Plastic packaging sorting instructions for households
Empty and dry plastic household packaging
- Empty, clean and dry plastic packaging from households
- Plastic food packaging (e.g. yoghurt cups, butter tubs, cheese packaging and ready-meal trays)
- Detergent, shampoo, and soap packaging
- Other household packaging (e.g. plastic bottles, cans, jars, tubes, packaging for toys, tools, garden, and fishing gear etc.)
- Plastic bags and wrappers
- EPS or Styrofoam packaging
- Mixed waste, construction waste or very dirty plastic packaging
- Any material other than plastic packaging (no cardboard, glass, metal, wood)
- Other plastic products or plastic packaging used in companies
- Packages that contain traces of dangerous substances (e.g. lighter fluids, oils, fuels, paints, chemicals, medicines)
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.