Tips and tricks

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Reducing means cutting down on the amount of waste that is made.

The best way to reduce is to only buy items you really need.


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Reuse means using something again rather than throwing it away e.g. using a glass jar to store food.


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Recycling takes materials from items you have finished using and makes them into brand new products. For example, most aluminum cans are made with recycled aluminum. So if you drink juice from a can, recycle that can instead of throwing it in the bin. That can will then stay in the recycling loop.


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Here are some great ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle:

– Buy only what you need and use all of what you buy.

– Avoid buying things that use excessive packaging and buy in bulk.

– Buy durable things that will last a long time.

– When things break, see if they can be fixed before throwing them away.

– Wash and reuse plastic cups, utensils and bags.

– Precycle by buying products whose packaging can be recycled.

– Always take your own bag whenever you go shopping! If you are just buying a few things just carry them in your hands.

– Complete the cycle and buy products made from recycled materials. When you buy products made from post-consumer recycled materials you are helping to reduce carbon emissions and saving resources.




All types of batteries, including:


AAA, AA, C. D, 4.5 volt, 9 volt and Lantern (spring).
Smaller batteries from watches, etc are also recyclable.

NB: Car and other vehicle batteries should be taken to the Recycling Centre at Europa Advance Road.
Please visit the “other waste” page in “recycled Materials” section for more information.




All glass jars, glass bottles without their caps and lids.


Bottles of wine, spirits, etc.
Jars of food, jams, etc.
Perfume and cosmetic glass bottles.




Plastic, Tetra Brik, cans and metal


Bottles of water, soft drinks, etc.
Cleaning product containers.
Bath/shower gel bottles, yogurt containers, plastic shopping bags, plastic wrappers (from biscuits etc.).
Packets of crisps, sweets, etc.

Tetra Brik, packaging from juices, milk, wine, etc.

All types of food tins and cans (tomato, tuna, peas, etc).
Soft drink cans.
Metal bottle caps.
Clean aluminium foil and foil trays.




Newspaper, magazines, cardboard, egg cartons, food packaging boxes


Remember: Fold empty cartons and cardboard boxes to make them easier to transport and place in bins.
This also takes up less space and more can be fitted into the bins!




Anything electric, including:


Small household items:
Clocks, cofffee machines and electric toothbrushes.
IT and telecommunications equipment: all types of phones, computers and keyboards, etc.
Toys and leisure equipment: video games, car racing sets, etc.

For a comprehensive list please visit : The items collected from these bins are taken to an authorised recycling centre where certain parts of items are re-used or recycled, reducing waste and Gibraltar’s carbon footprint.