The new brown container is used for the selective collection of domestic or urban organic matter. One more step in waste recycling, the fifth selective collection container to close the circle of comprehensive recycling of our urban waste.
The European Commission, within its various objectives set for 2020 regarding the reduction of urban waste and its recycling, wants to reduce the waste generated by 20%, as well as reach 50% of waste prepared for reuse and recycling. An ambitious goal that many cities will find difficult to achieve. In order to achieve these community objectives, local entities must step up and implement the container to collect organic waste.
Brown recycling container.
Waste in the brown recycling bin.
In this specific container for recyclable organic waste, we must deposit:
- Garden remains, the smallest, for example flowers or grass.
- Vegetable remains.
- Fruit remains, including bones.
- Coffee grounds, grounds and filters.
- Remains of infusions, sachets.
- Leftover meat, including bones.
- Fish and shellfish remains.
- Remains of pasta and rice.
- Raw or cooked food remains.
- Dirty kitchen paper.
- Dirty napkins.
- Dirty cardboard egg cups.
- Wooden ice cream sticks.
On the contrary, there are waste that we should never throw in the brown container, namely:
- Oil or other liquids, for example soft drinks.
- Various ashes.
- Toilet paper.
- Branches, trunks and other bulky remains of pruning.
- Tobacco butts.
- Non-compostable material (glass, plastic, metal…). There are already specific garbage containers for these wastes in many cities .
What to do with the waste from the brown container.
The organic waste that is deposited in the brown container is used to generate biogas and natural fertilizer for plants through composting.
A part of the waste, through composting, will be able to return again to the wheel of the processes of the creation of life, by nature, introducing it into the soil in the form of natural and ecological compost.
Another part of the waste will be used to produce biogas, methane gas, 100% renewable. With this biogas, electricity or hot water can be generated.
Advantages and benefits of the brown recycling bin
The advantages and benefits of the brown recycling container are many and varied, of different nature and motivation, we can summarize them in:
- With unprocessed vegetables and organic matter, a highly valued natural fertilizer is obtained, a very good quality fertilizer, compost.
- From garbage to raw material.
- It increases the useful life of landfills: they take longer to fill and the bad odors that they normally generate are reduced. An effective way to reduce the amount of garbage in landfills.
- Creation of new jobs, both in the collection and in the treatment of waste.
- It invigorates the economic sectors linked to the environment and the social economy.
- Reduces soil and water contamination.
- Reduces the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemical fertilizers.
- The use of fossil fuels is reduced.
A very good initiative, without a doubt. In Madrid, for example, the city council plans to install more than 5,000 units by the end of the year, including 2-wheel hubs and containers.