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How to separate waste at home


How to separate waste at home: the complete guide to separate waste collection at home. From plastic to aluminum, without forgetting the list of waste to be disposed of in the undifferentiated dry.

Whydifferentiating waste at home is important?
To understand the importance ofrecyclingjust give you the practical example of recycle paper.
To produce a ton of virgin cellulose paper, 15 trees, 440,000 liters of water and 7,600 kWh of electricity are needed; to produce the same amount of paper starting from recycled cellulose (the paper that differs with collection) only 1,600 liters of water and 2,700 kWh of electricity are needed;
it goes without saying that all costs related to transport and woodworking are zeroed as it will not be necessary to cut down even a tree to produce recycled paper! Another striking example is the recycling of aluminum: recycling 1 kg of aluminum saves the planet 14 kWh of electricity, 4 kg of chemicals and 8 kg of bauxite.

Therecollection differentiatesthat we practice at home can help the entire nation economically! Does it seem exaggerated? Thanks to our contribution (and that of the companies in the sector), Italy is among the top countries in the world in aluminum recycling.
Economic and employment growth linked torecyclingit is clear: the more separate waste collection increases, the more companies engaged in this sector and with being jobs too!

How to separate waste at home

In the articleHow separate collection is done we have explained to you, in detail, how to differentiate particular classes of waste, in particular:

  • How to differentiate the organic fraction, also called "Moist" or "Compostable"
  • What waste to dispose of with the collection of plastic
  • How to differentiate the card
  • How to proceed with glass collection:How to differentiate the glass
  • How to differentiate metals
  • For special waste such as cooking oil and medicines, we refer you to the appropriate details:
    -How to dispose of expired drugs (where to throw drugs but also medical products such as syringes, washes, needles ...)
    How to collect the frying oil (from the collection of exhausted oil to its delivery to the ecological islands closest to home)

We often talk about recycling and separate collection of plastic, aluminum and other metals, glass, organic fraction ... but what do you throw away in the unsorted?

The list of waste to be disposed of undifferentiated:

  • All plastic that is not packaged, namely:
    basins, buckets, cutlery and plastic plates, toys, pens, small objects
  • Oiled and greasy paper
  • Rags impregnated with grease
  • Diapers, sanitary pads, diapers
  • Cosmetics
  • Pottery and porcelain
  • Nylon stockings
  • Fabrics in general
  • Vacuum cleaner bags
  • Cigarette butts
  • Dust
  • Cat gravel
  • Pet faeces placed in sealed bags

Mistakes to avoid in separate waste in the house 
Together with the undifferentiated dry, they are too often givenwastewrong that should be disposed of separately or conferred in the collection of other categories. What not to put in the undifferentiated dry?

  • All recyclable waste mentioned in the previous categories
  • Garments
    It is true that fabrics must be assigned to the differentiated waste collection but the garments have a separate category and can be placed in special bins (they are orange and can be found in all cities of Italy)
  • Fleece
    Batteries, also called cells and small accumulators, must be placed in the appropriate bins. Battery collectors can be found in shopping malls or small supermarkets.
  • Medicines
    They are considered hazardous waste.
  • Used oils
    The frying oil can be reused (if filtered and not decayed) and at the time of disposal it must be collected and delivered to the nearest center.
  • Bulky waste
    For bulky waste, an appointment must be made with the Municipality of residence or with the body / company that manages therecyclingin your built-up area.
  • Domestic appliances
    We must confer them with the collection ofWEEE
  • LED bulbs
    Old light bulbs must be thrown away in the unsorted way while low energy consumption bulbs must be disposed of with WEEE.
  • Glues, enamels and paints
    Solvents, enamels, paints, glues and other building-oriented products are considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of separately.


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