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Plastic, cardboard, metal, glass, newspapers, and residual waste

For these items, most of us have a good idea of what goes where, but some things are tricky to sort correctly. For example, did you know that receipts and envelopes are to be disposed of in the residual waste?

Plastic packaging

YES: Plastic bags, plastic wrap, plastic bottles without a deposit (pant), plastic lids, chip bags, bag-in-box bags, blister packs and styrofoam.
NO: Deposit bottles (pant), dish brushes, helium balloons, tape, and plastic toys.

Paper packaging

YES: Milk cartons, egg cartons, cereal boxes, toilet rolls, paper bags, moving boxes, and wrapping paper.
NO: Newspapers, envelopes, binders, and study literature.

Remember to fold your cardboard to save space.

Metal packaging

YES: Tin cans, metal lids, tubes, caps, aluminum foil, and beverage cans without a deposit (pant).
NO: Deposit cans (pant), frying pans, pots, chip bags, and tea lights.

Glass packaging

YES: Glass bottles and glass jars.
NO: Porcelain, light bulbs, drinking glasses, and mirrors.

Remember to separate colored and clear glass packaging.


YES: Office paper, magazines, paperback books, catalogues, advertising leaflets and notebooks.
NO: Paper bags, envelopes, post-it notes, receipts, wrapping paper and hardcover books.

Residual waste

YES: Chewing gum, envelopes, receipts, condoms, sanitary pads, cat litter, snus, cigarette butts, cotton buds, hair, dish brushes and crushed drinking glass/porcelain.
NO: Medicines, light bulbs, electronics, nail polish and hazardous waste.

Latest update April 5, 2024