Become a waste sorting expert with Paris La Défense's new system!

Waste sorting campaign

To continue its commitment to a more sustainable future, Paris La Défense has installed a new system for sorting waste in public spaces. The aim of these new bins is to optimise waste management and reduce its environmental impact. How can we sort better? How can I avoid confusing the bins? Discover our tips for becoming the king of sorting!

You may have noticed these new bins appearing across the region, in groups of three yellow, grey and green bin shelters, installed to enable waste sorting. The aim of the initiative is to raise awareness among users and visitors so that this simple gesture becomes a reflex, just like the sorting done by households at home.

Yellow, green, grey... which bin should you choose?

For a world that's more respectful of the environment and for future generations, we need to work together to improve waste sorting! So how do you go about it?

After lunch, there's no need to look far - you'll easily find the three bin shelters, and off you go to sort your rubbish! To do this, each piece of waste must be separated from the others and thrown away individually, without a bag. Plastic, paper and glass packaging must be emptied, but does not need to be cleaned.

The yellow bin for:

  • plastic bottles and jars: water, fruit juice, soft drinks, dairy products, etc. with their caps;
  • all other plastic packaging: yoghurt pots, polystyrene trays, cling film, cosmetic tubes, plastic sachets, etc;
  • Cardboard and cardboard packaging: cereal boxes, milk and juice cartons, food packaging, etc;
  • wood and bamboo packaging: cheese packaging, etc;
  • metal packaging: drinks cans, tins, (empty) aerosol cans, aluminium trays, compote bottles, empty medicine packets, packets of crisps, bottle caps, metal corks, etc;
  • paper and cardboard: newspapers, magazines, leaflets, envelopes (including those with windows), pizza boxes (even greasy ones, but emptied), paper bags (including those containing plastic), etc., with the exception of handkerchiefs, paper towels, toilet paper and kitchen paper;
  • Food cartons: multi-layered packaging for fruit juice, milk or soups with their caps.

The green bin for:

  • glass bottles: drinks bottles (wine, beer, soft drinks, fruit juice, etc.), oil bottles, etc;
  • glass jars: jam jars, glass yoghurt pots, etc;
  • glass jars: preserving jars, sauce jars, etc. Cork and plastic corks can be thrown away with their bottle, as can metal or plastic screw-on lids, which can be thrown away screwed onto their container.

The grey bin for:

Put unsorted rubbish in the grey bins (bins with grey lids or without lids, and the grey bin shelter with a blue label). Extinguished cigarette butts can be safely disposed of there, after using the butt crusher.

In addition, for safety reasons, no hazardous waste or waste electrical or electronic equipment should be disposed of there. Batteries and accumulators could catch fire and ignite the waste.

Mistakes to avoid in grey bins or bin shelters:

  • Disposable paper, even clean paper: paper towels, kitchen towels, toilet paper, etc;
  • Nappies
  • Crockery: drinking glasses, stemware and other glassware;
  • Earthenware; Porcelain.

In doubt? [Consult the Sorting Guide (!

Mieux trier pour plus recycler !

Paris La Défense encourages citizens and visitors to take an active part in its urban waste management campaign, by respecting sorting. Whether in the public space or at home, everyone can play a crucial role in preserving our environmental heritage and continuing to live in a clean and welcoming neighbourhood.

The launch of this new sorting system is in line with the establishment strategic goal of halving local greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. But why is this small gesture so important? While the installation of this sorting system across the region will help to establish this reflex in everyone's minds, you may be wondering whether this simple gesture is all that useful... well, yes, but it's what you do with it afterwards that counts! There are many advantages to sorting your rubbish: you can recycle raw materials efficiently, reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill or incineration and, above all, protect our environment by saving natural resources. The more we sort, the more we recycle, all to the benefit of the planet!

The recyclable waste collected and sent to specialised processing centres will be transformed into new, reusable raw materials. Glass will be transformed into cullet to create new containers, while the waste from the yellow bin will be used to create new bottles or packaging, helping to limit the waste of natural resources.

And it doesn't stop there! Even non-recyclable waste will undergo an advanced sorting process to recover all the elements that can be recycled. The latter will be sent for treatment in an environmentally-friendly way, while contributing to the production of renewable energy to power the district and its infrastructure.

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