Selective Collection of Household Packaging

The task of collecting household packaging from the yellow and blue bins and transporting it to the facilities where recycling is carried out falls on Spain's more than 8,100 town halls.

They can gain first-hand knowledge of how much packaging the residents place in these bins thanks to their regular participation in this initial stage at the street level. This data allows us to track the changes in citizen involvement in household packaging recycling over the previous few years.

The amount of packaging that locals have disposed of in the yellow and blue bins during the past several years, as well as the number of bins, are shown here. You may also check these numbers for your town or city.

Kilograms of waste dumped in yellow and blue bins per resident

Waste is created by consumption alone, so prioritising a decrease in its production is crucial. And if we can't help it, let's try to reuse them and, of course, recycle them so that we may create new products without having to take fresh raw materials from the environment.

The use of both bins has increased steadily over the past ten years, far outpacing consumption, which reflects a stronger dedication to the environment. Here, you can see how much packaging each of us has disposed of in the yellow and blue bins over the course of a year.

Quantity of yellow and blue bins on the street

In our nation, yellow (plastic, carton, and metal bin) and blue (paper and cardboard bin) bins are used for the selective collection of household packaging. In Spain, the great majority of people live less than 100 metres from the recycling bins.

How much is collected in your town or city?

You may check here to see how many tonnes of household packaging have been collected in your town or city.

Do you want additional information?

More information about Spain's selective collection of household packaging may be found on our transparency site.