What should each bin contain?

Despite the fact that we have been recycling for many years and that our knowledge and awareness are expanding, a lot of things still end up in the incorrect bin and are thus considered to be "improper" waste.

Continue reading if you want to understand how to properly segregate and have any remaining questions regarding what goes where.

Yellow Bin

The number of plastic bottles, cartons, and cans recycled annually per resident rises.

A third of the population is still unsure of the precise locations of each category of waste, though, and the yellow bin is one of them that causes greater uncertainty. What you can dispose of in this bin to solve your doubts is described here.

What is disposed of in the yellow bin?


We must place bottles, plastic packaging, metal containers, and cartons inside the yelow bin, such as:

  • Plastic bottles

  • Preserve and beverage cans

  • Lids and caps made of plastic, aluminium, and metal

  • Aluminium trays

  • Plastic wrap and foil

  • Sprays

  • Deodorant cans


    Plastic bags (except garbage bags)

  • Covers for yogurt pots

  • Milk, juices, soups, and other cartons

  • Polystyrene trays

  • Tubes of toothpaste

  • Ceramic containers

  • Wooden packaging for fruits and vegetables

  • Wooden packaging for wines and spirits

Blue Bin

The blue bin has been in use in Spain for 25 years, much like the yellow bin.

Since it is just for paper and cardboard, this bin is typically simple to identify and use. However, this is what you ought to include.

What is disposed of in the blue bin?

Only paper and cardboard boxes, including those containing food packaging, footwear, frozen goods, wrapping paper, copy paper, etc., should be disposed of in the blue bin.

Folding and compressing the packaging rather than crumpling it can help the bin hold more and take up less room. It will be simpler to separate them as a result.


Avoid the most common recycling mistakes

Do I place this in the blue bin, the yellow bin, the other waste bin, or the organic bin? This is a common thought while disposing of waste.

It is typical for more waste to wind up in the incorrect bin as our recycling habit grows. The incorrect waste found in each type of bin is described below.

Mistakes in the yellow bin

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It is a frequent misconception that everything made of plastic and no longer useful to us belongs in the yellow bin. This, however, is not always the case.

Keep in mind that only plastic bottles, cans, and cartons should be disposed of in the yellow bin. Therefore, never throw the following in it:

  • Plastic toys should be disposed of in the other waste bin, although some NGOs also collect discarded toys for charitable causes.

  • Bottles and pacifiers are also disposed of in the other waste bin.

  • Cooking tools, such as a spatula or a colander, that lose their utility over time and usage.

  • Plastic buckets, such as beach buckets, can be used as containers at home, but if they are no longer functional, they should be disposed of in the other waste bin.


Mistakes in the blue bin

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We place cardboard and paper packaging inside of it. However, occasionally we fail due to the material composition of certain waste:

  • We frequently make mistakes with the carton of milk or drink. We place it in the blue bien because we believe it to be cardboard. However, this is false. Since the carton ismade of cardboard, plastic, and metal, it is always disposed of in the yellow bien.
  • Daily waste, such as used paper towels or dirty napkins, should be disposed of in the organic waste bin. Additionally, diapers frequently constitute incorrect waste in this bin, the other waste bin should be used in its place (tha gray one).



Mistakes in the green bin

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Making the distinction between glass and crystal is crucial. Crystal waste is frequently put in the green bin for disposal, albeit this is a mistake. The green bin should only contain glass!

The most common mistakes are:

  • The light bulbs must be taken to a recycling centre or collection facility; they cannot be placed in the green bin.
  • Other items that should be recycled in a recycling centre or collection facility are mirrors, ashtrays, cups, and dishware.


To ensure accuracy every time, download the didactic materials on recycling

We want to make sure that everyone is clear on the importance of carefully separating waste and placing it in the appropriate bin. Everybody's work is on the line here! Thus, we have included a variety of instructional resources below that you may download and use with data and information to recycle more effectively. 

Beyond the yellow and blue: What is placed in the additional bins?

Numerous additional materials, in addition to plastic and paper/cardboard, should be placed in their proper bins, including:

  • Glass is located in the green bin.
  • Organic waste should be put in the brown bin.
  • Gray bin for non-recyclable waste.

Remember that our website “Recycling Questions” is available if you ever struggle to discern if something is recyclable or not.

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