Why don’t the Swiss recycle more plastic?
Most plastics carry a recycling label, but few are convenient to recycle in Switzerland. For 30 days, swissinfo.ch journalist Susan Misicka saved all of her plastic garbage. She filled four shopping bags, but found that not even half of the waste could be recycled. Is it as bad as it sounds? (swissinfo.ch)
- Deutsch Weshalb rezyklieren die Schweizer nicht mehr Plastik?
- Español ¿Por qué no reciclan más plástico los suizos?
- Português Por que os suíços não reciclam mais do seu plástico?
- 中文 为什么瑞士人不回收更多的塑料？
- عربي لماذا لا يقوم السويسريون بتدوير المزيد من النفايات البلاستيكية؟
- Français Pourquoi les Suisses ne recyclent-ils pas plus de plastique?
- 日本語 スイスではなぜリサイクルが進まない？
- Italiano Perché gli svizzeri non riciclano più plastica?
Currently, the Swiss collect 80,000 tonnes of plastic for recycling – mainly PET drink bottlesExternal link, plus milk, shampoo, detergent and other high-quality bottles. In theory, Switzerland could recycle an additional 112,000 tonnes of plastic per year. Put another way, everyone in Switzerland could collect and recycle another 14kg of plastic per year. But there is no federal system and few processing plants for recycling plastic in Switzerland.
Still, consumers are eager to contribute to a circular economy, a point illustrated by the 83% recycling rate of PET beverage bottles. The nationwide campaign to collect these started in 1990; today there are more than 50,000 PET drop-off points across Switzerland.
Five years ago, prompted by consumers eager to recycle more than just PET and milk bottles, Swiss supermarkets began collecting all types of plastic bottles.
Contributions under this article have been turned off. You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!
If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.