The success of the recycling process always depends on each of us and our ability to appreciate the importance of small gestures. It is also important to know what to put in the yellow container and what not to put in the yellow container, as anything that does not belong in this container hinders and hinders the subsequent sorting process.
We must bear in mind that the containers that go into the yellow container are always plastic, cans and briks, which does not mean that all types of plastics can be disposed of in it. Toys, tuppers, toothbrushes, buckets, CD and DVD cases and pens, even if made of plastic, are not packaging and should not be thrown in the yellow garbage can. Neither are earthenware jars or paper cups and tubs.
It is also very important to note that coffee capsules, made of aluminum, should be disposed of in the gray container or at specific collection points, but never in the yellow containers as if they were packaging, because they are not.
Thanks to the recycling cycle, materials are reused, thus reducing landfills, reducing CO2 emissions, saving water and energy, promoting the health of the planet and creating green jobs.
To make all this possible in Spain, citizens have 659,628 yellow and blue containers at their disposal. In 2019, 1,505,661 tons of household packaging were managed to be recycled, -according to Ecoembes, the environmental organization that coordinates the recycling of this waste-, of which 616,736 were plastic packaging. Thanks to the separation process we carry out at home, we managed to save 1.5 million tons of raw materials, 1.67 million tons of CO2, 6.36 million tons in MWH of energy consumption and 20.74 million m3 of water saved.