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Anonymous asked in EnvironmentGreen Living · 2 months ago

Why does Switzerland sort trash by type?

I am doing a project and can not find why Switzerland sorts trash by type. What is the reason behin this? They have households sort plastic based on the type of plastic. Is it becuase since the plastics are made of different material and can not be mixed together it is just easier for the recycling centers?

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  • 2 months ago
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    That's correct.

    Different plastics can't be used in the same final products, so recycling them requires separating them by type.

    Think of it as trying to use a mixture of aluminum and steel to make I-beams for construction.  As that won't work, you have to sort them prior to recycling.

    Or try to make a clear glass window pane from brown beer bottles.

    Those are all reasons to sort your recycling by material.

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