Recycling Guide - Plastics
To differentiate between different plastic films, to collect them separately and to dispose of them correctly is almost impossible in everyday life. That is why around 80% of plastic waste continues to end up in the household waste incinerator. This is a shame, because around 50% of mixed plastics can be processed directly into high-quality granulates and thus replace petroleum-based new material. Downcycling and other applications increase the rate to around 65%. Granules made from plastic waste only require around half the energy compared to new production from crude oil. When 1 kg of plastic is burned, around 1L of oil is lost and up to 3 kg of CO2 is generated.
Downcycling and conversion increases the rate to approx. 65%. Even unsuitable residual materials can replace fossil fuels by making maximum use of the thermal energy in the cement industry and thus help to save CO2.
Granules made from plastic waste only require around half the energy compared to new production from crude oil. When 1 kg of plastic is burned, around 1L of oil is lost and up to 3 kg of CO2 is released.
At WeRecycle, if it looks like plastic, put it in the collection bag. We take care of the sorting.
As a member of the VSPR (Association of Swiss Plastic Recycler) we are committed to our charter. No member of the VSPR exports plastic waste for disposal in landfills. However, there is no mechanical fine sorting option in Switzerland. That is why, in certain cases, our partners use capacities in neighboring countries for sorting in order to obtain the necessary purity from the pre-sorted plastic for recycling so that it can then be regranulated in Switzerland.