What is Recyclable?

Recycling breathes fresh life into packaging while lowering resource use and environmental damage. However, recycling must be done correctly in order to reap its full rewards.

To properly separate, we must be aware of what can and cannot be recycled. Here are some of the most common everyday items that we can recycle.

Most often Recyclable Materials

Plastic Packaging

Since plastic takes a long time to degrade, it is crucial to restrict use, reuse packaging wherever practical, and recycle it once it is no longer needed.

Only dispose of recyclable items like these in the yellow bin to properly recycle plastic:

  • Plastic bottles
  • Bottles for detergent, shampoo, gel, etc.
  • Bags of potatoes
  • Lids and caps made of plastic
  • Plastic bags (except garbage bags)
  • Covers for yogurt pots

If you are still unaware of the many advantages of recycling packaging, you may learn about them here.

Cartons and wooden packaging

Did you know that a shoebox can be created out of six cartons? It is incredibly simple to recycle milk or juice cartons. To offer them a second chance at life, all we have to do is place them in the yellow bin.

Wooden packaging. Many fruits and vegetables can be purchased in wooden crates. Wines and some spirits can also be bought in this type of packaging. They can be very useful if you reuse them as storage elements, but if you want to recycle them, you should use the yellow container.


We frequently have this kind of packaging in our kitchen. Who doesn't keep some canned goods or drinks in their fridge? Aluminum cans can be recycled indefinitely. To the yellow bin!

Cardboard and Paper Packaging

Paper and cardboard should only be disposed of in the blue bin in order to be recycled and lessen the overuse of natural resources. Some of these items include:

  • Magazines
  • Old newspapers
  • Cereal boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Wrapping paper
  • Notebooks


This material can be completely recycled an infinite number of times and can be reused by melting or a waste washing procedure. In order to do this, we must separate the glass from the other elements and place it in the green bin. Remember that we should only toss the following items in this bin:

  • Glass bottles (wine, champagne, etc.).
  • Glass jars (like perfumes or colognes)
  • Jars of food (jams, canning, etc.)

Other waste

Thanks to the recycling centres, a variety of different items and waste may also be recycled, including:

  • Appliances
  • Electronic devices
  • Light bulbs
  • Used oil
  • Furniture

You merely need to take your old clothes to a recycling centre to recycle them.

What questions do you have regarding recycling?

Visit our “Recycling Questions” site if you want additional details about any of the above-mentioned items or packaging, or if you have any special recycling concerns. We discuss each of the many materials in it and provide you with reuse and recycling advice.

Also keep in mind that AIRE, the Ecoembes Intelligent Recycling Assistant, is available to you for quick and simple clarification of any uncertainties you may have. You must already be considering some... Ask him!

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