According to the company specializing in recycling CITEO packaging, 89% of French people say they sort their packaging. But only 51% of them sort everywhere and all the time!
This is still good news for the environment because, you may not know it, it avoids 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. every year !
At Bonsaï, we also do the sorting and we will give you all our tips to find out more about sorting or to start an initiative to protect our planet!
Don't get the color wrong
First of all, we must remember that we all have 3 to 4 bins at home or in our building: the bin for glass, the one for packaging, the one for everything that cannot be recycled (for moment) and finally the compost.
Green bin: bottles, jars and glass jars
→ All of this is infinitely recyclable! Be careful not to put the broken glass
Yellow trash can: fairly clean bottles, flasks and cardboard boxes, folded cardboard boxes, aluminum cans, newspapers and magazines.
→ All this packaging will have a second life!
Grey/black bin: all other household waste and all dirty paper and cardboard that could not be put in the yellow bin.
→ None of this is recyclable…
Compost: all organic waste (peelings, paper towels, eggshell tissues, garden waste, etc.)
→ All this will degrade naturally!
Our tips and tricks
Now that we've seen the basics, we can start talking tricks!
Regarding the yellow bin, you have often been advised to bend or crush the plastic bottles otherwise they will not be recycled. This is no longer relevant today because the field of sorting and waste management has evolved a lot.
The optical machines identify the type of plastic in the bottle: you can bend your bottles as you see fit . However , do not remove the caps from these, they could slip through the cracks of the machines and they will never be recycled.
But how do you sort your surgical mask? This little accessory that you have to wear every day to protect yourself becomes one of the main waste items found at sea, in the countryside and in cities. Did you know that the surgical mask is reusable? After the maximum 4 hours on the nose you can machine wash it up to 10 times at 60° ! Then, on the other hand, it will end up with non-recyclable waste...
And for our own chewing gum? As you can imagine, Bonsai is 100% biodegradable ! Indeed, our chewing gums are entirely made from organic matter. You can thus, after chewing, place your Bonsai in your compost or in your non-recyclable garbage bin.
But what must be remembered in all this is that everyone does what they can for the environment. The main thing is to be aware of our impact on the planet!