Spain is one of the countries with the highest recycling rate in Europe. Growingly aware of the consequences of their actions, over 70% of the Spanish population recycles their trash.
This is only possible because Barcelona offers adequate means for people to do so, with various points around the city to dispose of trash, with different trash containers. Keep reading this article by ShBarcelona to know more about recycling in Barcelona.
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How to recycle in Barcelona
The yellow containers should be used for plastic, cans, milk and juice cartons, aluminum foil, metal lids and different types of wrappers used in a variety of products.
The yellow containers, although in a smaller version than the ones on the street, can even be found on the beach (besides the grey ones).
The green containers should be used only for glass. Don’t use this container to throw out broken drinking glasses, mirrors, ceramics, dishes, and lamps. Those materials should be taken to one of the city’s punto verdes.
The blue containers should be used for paper, cardboard, newspapers, magazines, notebooks, envelopes, paper bags, wrapping paper, etc.
You should not use these containers to deposit napkins or paper towels that are stained with oil (brown container), milk cartons (yellow container) or pizza boxes (gray container).
The brown containers are used only for organic substances of animal or plant origin, which decompose biologically. This type of garbage represents one-third of the trash we produce at home. If recycled, it can be used in agriculture, gardening and even in energy production.
You can use this container for rests of meat, fish, bread, fruit, vegetables, nuts, eggshells, tea bags, napkins, etc. Don’t use this container to deposit animal feces, diapers, hair, fur or what you gather when vacuuming/sweeping. That sort of trash should be deposited in grey containers.
The gray containers should be used for regular trash, anything that can’t be recycled.
If you are looking to get rid of some items of clothing, you can contact Roba Amiga, a social project that reuses clothes that are in good condition. Roba Amiga accepts any type of clothing, shoes, purses and other accessories.
They do not accept stained, wet or dirty clothes, rags and random pieces of cloth. To learn more visit the project’s official website of Roba Amiga,
The city offers a free deceased animal pick up service, guaranteeing those who contact them that the remains of the animals will be treated with dignity and respect.
The service can be requested by calling 900 226 26 (free call) and is available every morning, from Monday to Saturday.
Related article: Adopt a Pet in Barcelona And Save a Life
Barcelona offers free furniture pick up service that happens once a week. Each street has a specific day in which the trucks come for the furniture, which should be left on the street in front of your house between 8 pm and 10 pm.
The service does not pick up bathroom items such as toilets. To know which day the truck will be on your street, click here. The city also offers to pick up services for bags containing debris, fiber cement with asbestos and large plant remains.
To learn more about this service, visit Barcelona pel Medi Ambient.
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