Useful rules for separate collection


Rules for separate collection of paper and cardboard waste

  1. Only use the container provided for disposal of paper and cardboard waste, such as:
    • Newspapers and magazines;
    • Empty milk and juice cartons;
    • Boxes and other paper and cardboard packaging;
    • Sweets, candy, and shoe boxes, egg cartons, etc.;
    • Paper bags.
  2. The containers for separate collection of paper should not be used for disposal of:
    • Household waste (e.g. napkins, sanitary materials, cigarette ends);
    • Heavily contaminated or greasy paper and cardboard waste (e.g. greasy pizza box);
    • Coated paper (e.g. with metal or plastic coated paper);
    • Any other non-paper waste.
  3. Cartons and boxes should be flattened before disposal.
  4. Disposal of oversized cardboard and corrugated cardboard packaging into the separate collection containers should be avoided.

    Once you break them down and flatten them as much as possible, collect and hand them over to the staff engaged in separate waste collection. Remember! Paper is only accepted by recycling plants when it’s clean! When you dispose of organic waste, grease, construction waste, muddy branches and leaves where clean paper is collected you are destroying the efforts of everyone that came before you and are obstructing the process of recycling!

    • Each ton of recycled paper saves 13 trees from felling.
    • 1 kilogram of recycled paper saves the use of 32 litres of drinking water.
    • Each ton of recycled paper saves the use of 4 kWh of electric power.
    • Paper can be recycled up to 5 to 7 times, after which it disintegrates.
    • 90% of all cardboard packaging can be recycled.

Rules of separate collection of plastic and metal packaging waste

  1. Only use the container provided for disposal of plastic waste, such as:
    • Plastic water, soft-drink, cooking oil, and beer bottles;
    • Plastic yogurt containers and plastic milk bottles;
    • Cosmetic and sanitary product tubes and bottles;
    • Plastic cups and plates (cleaned of food rests), containers and cases;
    • Metal soft-drink cans and cleaned tins;
    • Jar lids and bottle caps;
    • Plastic bags, stretch foil and wrapping foil.
  2. The containers for separate collection of plastic should not be used for disposal of:
    • Medication blister packs, oil tubes and other harmful substances;
    • Home appliances, car parts, and others;
    • Non-plastic waste
  3. Before disposing of plastic packaging:

    1) Empty them of their contents and clean them (e.g. rinse or wipe the grease off with a paper towel);

    2) Squeeze and flatten the bottles to expel the air and put the lid back on.

    Remember! Plastic takes years to decompose and is the biggest polluter of the environment!

    Take care not to throw a cigarette end into a plastic waste container. Plastic on fire is very hard to extinguish and releases harmful toxins into the air.

    Plastic is very light but takes up a lot of space. It must be flattened as much as possible so that we can fit more in the truck. In this way we save fuel and reduce the harmful emissions released into the air during transportation.

    • One ton of recycled plastic saves the electricity used by one Bulgarian household in two years;
    • Recycling one aluminium can releases enough energy to power a TV for three hours;
    • 1,250 kg of scrap aluminium yields one ton of aluminium – it is fully recyclable and the process can be endless.
    • Recycling one ton of steel saves 1.5 tons of iron ore, 40% water, 75% energy, and 85% less carbon emissions into the air.

Rules of separate collection of glass packaging waste

  1. Only use the container provided for the disposal of glass packaging waste:
    • Bottles of any type and color;
    • Cosmetic glass jars and bottles;
    • Food jars
  2. The containers for separate collection of glass should not be used for disposal of:
    • Broken mugs and plates;
    • Porcelain and fire-resistant glass items;
    • Light bulbs and luminescent lamps;
    • Window and mirror glass;
    • Car glass.
  3. When the provided container is overfull please contact the waste management staff.
  4. Before discarding glass packaging:

    1) Remove lids and cork caps;

    2) Empty their contents (they are heavy enough as it is);

    3) Rinse them if possible (not obligatory but it helps keep off dust and mud).

    Remember! The glass for jars and bottles and flat glass (for windows) are processed differently and should not be mixed.

    Stones and porcelain are the biggest obstacles in glass processing because they do not melt in the furnaces.

    Glass can practically be recycled endlessly (up to 2000 times).

    • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power your computer for 25 minutes and your washing machine – for 10 minutes.
    • 1 ton of recycled glass saves 600 kg of quartz sand;
    • 1 ton of recycled glass saves 180 kg of caustic soda;
    • 1 ton of recycled glass saves 315 kg CO2;
    • Glass is 100% recyclable.
The easiest is to start disposing of glass bottles in the green containers and of plastic ones in the yellow containers. It is the first small step towards doing your share in protecting the environment. You will gradually feel more and more engaged and will make a habit of it. Give it a try, you’ll see it’s not hard at all!
From the ECOPACK Team

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