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What will happen to the yellow sack?

The lightweight packaging made of plastic, aluminum, tinplate and composite materials from the yellow sack or from the yellow bin as well as from the recycling bin are important raw materials within the recycling cycle. Preserving them is the goal of recycling and the dual systems.

A large part of the discarded plastic packaging, such as toothpaste tubes, plastic bottles or yoghurt cups, beverage cartons made of composite materials, foils or styrofoam, is recyclable, i.e. the packaging can be reused. They are processed into recyclates, a granulate made from recycled plastic. This is used as a material to make plastic buckets, flower pots or packaging again and to use them as new products.

Source: Quality Circular Polymers

The goal: to increase recycling rates and recycle waste

Around 60 percent of the discarded plastic packaging from the yellow sack and the yellow bin is already being recycled, i.e. recycled, and fed back into the material cycle. Every ton of recycled plastic that is used instead of comparable new goods avoids between 1.5 and 3.2 tons of climate-relevant greenhouse gases.

The recycling rate is even higher at over 80 percent for tinplate and aluminum. In Germany, more aluminum is obtained from the recycling cycle than from primary raw material sources. And that saves a lot of energy. The recycling of aluminum packaging only requires five percent of the energy that is necessary to manufacture primary aluminum. The examples show: Waste separation works and pays off sustainably for the environment.

The Packaging Act, which came into force at the beginning of 2019, stipulates that more than half of the plastic packaging disposed of (58.5 percent) should be recycled. This recycling rate is expected to increase to 63 percent by 2022. In order to meet these requirements, consumers are also asked, because the right waste separation is at the beginning of recycling.

Even 30 percent of the waste is still in the yellow sack and the yellow bin, which make sorting much more difficult and can make recycling impossible. Plastic and composite packaging as well as other leftovers that cannot be recycled are used to generate energy. They mostly serve as a so-called substitute fuel in industrial combustion plants such as cement works. Since fossil resources such as lignite dust are replaced, this recycling method also saves CO2. Residues that cannot be processed into substitute fuels, such as residual waste, are disposed of properly and safely in waste incineration plants.