ORGANIC WASTE, INTO THE BROWN BIN

Did you know that half of the waste a home produces is organic in origin? Well, now we can make good use of it.

On 1 November 2017 Madrid started to collect this waste separately in a new brown bin in 17 pilot areas of the city to recycle it into natural fertiliser and energy.

Thanks to the public's involvement and cooperation, the results of this new selective collection system were so highly satisfactory that in 2018 it was extended to 12 districts of the city. 

In autumn 2019, 8 new districts have been incorporated, extending this new selective collection to almost the entire city. In September 2020, this progressive expansion will end with the incorporation of the Centro district.

 

 

WHAT CAN I PUT IN THE BROWN ORGANIC BIN?

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Leftover fruit and vegetables

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Scraps of meat and fish

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The shells of eggs, seafood and nuts

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Other leftovers

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Coffee grounds and herbal teas

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Dirty kitchen paper, used paper napkins and oil stained cardboard

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Cork stoppers, matches and sawdust

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Small-size garden waste: plants, leaves, bunches of flowers…

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We cannot put in: cooking oil, sweepings, nappies or personal hygiene products, animal faeces or other non-recyclable waste

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO SEPARATE ORGANIC MATTER FROM THE REST?

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IT’S ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY.

As it decomposes in the environment, organic waste forms liquids that can pollute the subsoil and aquifers. It also releases bad smells and emits methane, a greenhouse gas that increases climate change even more so than CO2. By recycling organic matter, we avoid these problems and even obtain energy (biogas) and natural fertiliser for plants. What was once waste is now transformed into a resource and what comes out of the Earth returns to it.

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EFFICIENCY AND SAVING

By recycling organic matter we will improve the selective collection of other waste, become more efficient at processing it and increase the shell life of landfills, which will take longer to become full.

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POSITIVE SOCIAL IMPACT

Selective collection of organic matter creates new jobs to work the collection routes as well as biomethane and compositing processing plants.

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CLOSER TO EUROPEAN OBJECTIVES

The European Union has set a goal for 2020 of reducing the waste generated and recovering 50% of materials via recycling. At present, the city of Madrid recycles approximately 30% of the total domestic waste generated. There is still a long way to go, but if we get organic waste right we can achieve this and catch up with other European cities.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE ORGANIC FRACTION BEYOND THE BIN IN THE STREET?

The organic fraction is handled at the facilities located in the Valdemingómez Technology Park:

At compositing plants the organic waste is subjected to biochemical processes.Thanks to the action of microorganisms and the presence of oxygen, it is transformed into natural fertiliser that can be used as compost for the soil and for works restoration.

At the biomethanisation complex, the organic matter ferments due to the action of microorganisms without the presence of oxygen, creating biogas and digester. Biogas is injected into the gas mains to produce energy.

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GETTING THE OTHER BINS RIGHT TOO

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GREEN BIN, GLASS CONTAINERS

Glass bottles

Jars of preserves, jam or sauce


This bin is not for:

Glass panes

Earthenware

Ceramics

Glass or crystal figurines

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YELLOW BIN, LIGHT CONTAINERS

Styrofoam trays

Plastic bags

Dairy product containers

Cling film

Water bottles and containers

Empty bottles and containers of non-toxic cleaning products

Other plastic containers

Tetrabriks of juices and milk

Aluminium foil

Drink cans and canned preserves

Aluminium caps

Empty spray cans of non-toxic cleaning products

If you are in doubt, the containers that can go in the yellow container bin are marked with a green dot.

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BLUE BIN, PAPER AND CARDBOARD CONTAINERS

Used paper

Magazines and old newspapers

Notebooks and pads

Cardboard egg boxes

Cardboard cereal packets and other food containers

Shoeboxes

Other paper and cardboard containers

Cardboard boxes should be folded before placing in the blue bin.

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ORANGE BIN, THE REST

Plastic which is not from containers or bags or wrapping, such as dolls or razors

Sanitary textile waste: nappies and sanitary napkins, baby wipes, dental floss...

Remains of minor dressings such as plasters, gauze, bandages, cotton...

Cigarette ends

Cat litter or similar

Pet faeces

Ceramics and porcelain

Rubber

Glass

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«PUNTO LIMPIO», OTHER WASTE

Coffee capsules

Vegetable cooking oil

Hazardous waste: x-rays, medicine, ink cartridges, paints and solvents, batteries...

CDs and DVDs

Electrical appliances: washing machines, stoves, refrigerators…

Rubble

Furniture and mattresses

Clothes and footwear

Small appliances:hair driers, toasters...