Recycling bins, colours and meanings

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Recycling bins, colours and meanings

The more time passes the more recycling containers we see down the road as people gradually become aware and start recycling.

In this article, Junk Bunk Ltd, which offers waste removal London, will explain recycling, 5R rules, recycling containers and what can be recycled in each of them and what not. The main problem lies in starting recycling in the home space.


Recycling is a process that aims to turn waste into new products for future use.

With this process in full use, what we prevent is the non-use of potentially useful materials, we can reduce the consumption of new raw materials and of course reduce the use of energy for its creation. In addition, we reduce air and water pollution (respectively through incineration and landfills), and also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Recyclable materials are plentiful, such as electronic components, wood, fabrics and textiles, non-ferrous metals, and the most popular materials such as paper and cardboard, glass and some plastics.

Rules of 5R

Recycling is a key component of waste reduction (one of the environmental problems we are currently experiencing) and is the fifth component of 3R, the basic rule whose goal is to achieve a more sustainable society.

Reduced: are the actions taken to reduce the production of objects that can become waste, with rational purchasing measures, proper use of products or purchase of sustainable products. It is the first habit we should include in our home as we will have a considerable saving of “pocket” as well as space and materials to be recycled.

Repairs: There are endless items that are sensitive to this R. The planned obsolescence is exactly the opposite and is what you have to fight for. Everything has an easy solution and first of all, we should try to repair every product, be it furniture, clothing, electronics, etc.

Reuse: are actions that allow the reuse of a certain product to give it a second life or another use. That is, measures aimed at repairing products and extending their useful life.

Recover: We can retrieve some materials from the waste facility and split them to give them another use, a more common example is usually that of metals that can be separated from the various equipment we throw away and can be used again.

Recycle: We have already seen it, it is the process with the respective waste collection and treatment operations that allow them to re-enter a life cycle.

Waste separation at the source is used to provide suitable channels.

Recycling containers

Having said all that, we go to the recycling bins, which as you know, the main ones are 3 yellow, blue and green.

For younger people in this and for veterans, but still, with some doubts, they usually run several times a year environmental education campaigns or programs on waste and recycling, with the aim of raising awareness and awareness of environmental impact waste generation as well pro-environmental measures to minimize it.

These campaigns or programs are usually done by Junta de Andalucía, Andalusian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FAMP), Ecoembes and Ecovidrio it is very good for people to learn how to recycle, as today there are many people who do not fully know how to recycle.

These sites provide information and tips on how to recycle in an extraordinary way and that is, to start recycling, we will need to know what household waste is: it is the one created at home as a result of household activities.

The most common are waste of organic matter, plastic, metal, paper, cardboard or glass containers and cardboard. And, as you can see, almost everything is recyclable.

With this small introduction I have provided, I am now going to where it really matters: how to better separate the waste we create and for this a selective separation which consists of grouping the waste into different containers according to their characteristics and properties.

Below are all the bins, along with specific waste from each bin:

● Organic containers and waste: organic matter and discarded from other containers.
● Yellow container: light plastic containers, cartons, cans, aerosols, etc.
● Blue container: cardboard and paper containers, newspapers and magazines.
● Green containers: glass bottles, jars, jars and jars.
● Oil container: oil of household origin.
● Sign Point: medicines and their packaging. They are found in pharmacies.
● Battery container: button and alkaline batteries. They are found in many shops and municipal facilities.
● Textile containers: clothes, rags and shoes. Many associations have containers and collection services.
● Lamp container: fluorescent lamps, energy-saving and LED.
● Other garbage containers: ask your city council where they are.
● Clean spot: large debris such as mattresses, household items, etc., paint waste, electronics and hazardous household waste.

Yellow container

We all use more than 2,500 containers a year, being more than half of the plastic.

Currently, in Andalusia (and I am talking about Andalusia since I am from here and know the data better), more than 50% of plastic containers are recycled, almost 56% of metals and 82% of cartons. Not bad at all

Now, the most used are generic containers (organic matter), yellow, green and blue because they are the waste we generate the most.

Blue container

We have previously seen what is stored in containers, but not what should not be put in them and in this case, it is dirty diapers, napkins or fabrics, cardboard or greaseproof paper, aluminium foil and cardboard, and boxes of medicines.

Green container

What should not be stored in this container are: cups and glasses made of crystal, ceramic, porcelain and mirrors, lamps or fluorescent lamps.

For every 3000 glass bottles of one litre that is recycled can save:

1000 kg of waste that does not go to landfill.

1240 kg of raw material that should not be extracted from nature.

The equivalent of 130 kg of fuel.

Reduce air pollution by up to 20% by producing new packaging from recycled glass.
If we get out of these containers and go to the most used of all, that of organic matter, we can also reduce and have better use of this as organic matter can also be turned into compost, which can be used as compost.

If you want to know more about compost you can visit: the "Recycling and Composting Conference and Composting Workshop as a Waste Assessment Technique" where you will learn the importance of compost and how to make it at home in addition to building a compost bin.

Recycling bins at home

The main problem many people have is not the ignorance of recycling or bad recycling, but the “laziness” that comes from going to containers or sharing at home, whether for space or some other circumstance.

If you are one of those who do not have space, you can always manage to be able to recycle properly, on the internet you can find many ideas or suggestions to fit them in your home, some, it is true that they occupy more or cost money but it is always you who decides in the end.

As I said, they cost money like these home recycling bins. It's most comfortable when it comes to getting to work, just buy it and use it at home.

In the end, children learn the value of recycling and even more so the other Rs as we are reusing the material to give it another use and reducing its consumption.

As you can see, there are many solutions, you just have to find the one that suits you best.

If by chance you are like me, you have no lack of space, the following is so easy as to put a big bag on top of the washing machine and throw away everything that will be recycled and when it is full, go to the containers and share it there the same.

I know it's faster and more convenient to go to the recycle bin area and throw everything away after you have already shared it, but each one has its own and the most important thing, in the end, is for you to recycle.

Clean spot: large debris such as mattresses, household items, etc., paint waste, electronics and household waste

I hope it has served you well and reduced, recycle and reuse to make a better life.

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