FAQ

To define some concepts and clarify doubts, you can probably find some of the more common questions and answers about the universe of Waste in our FAQ. For additional information, please contact us directly.
Each one of us should separate the “garbage” they produce depending on the type of material it is made from. We should properly condition it and deposit it in the right container. Individually and collectively we all gain from this: recycling allows for savings in the home, in the autarchies and on a national level.

a) Paper and cardboard – you should deposit all cardboard packaging, writing and wrapping paper, newspapers and magazines in the blue container at your Eco-Point. Paper should not be crumpled up so it does not take up more space, and boxes should be flattened.

b) Plastic and Metal – you should only deposit plastic bags and containers, tin, soda and spray cans, empty plastic oil bottles, clean Styrofoam, aluminum trays, empty aerosol cans and paper packaging for liquid food in the yellow container at your Eco-Point. Packages should be emptied and flattened. If necessary, to avoid bad odors, rinse them out first.

c) Glass – you should deposit bottles, jars and any glass container in the green container at your Eco-Point. The glass items should be emptied out and caps and corkscrews removed. If necessary, to avoid bad odors, rinse them out first.

d) Batteries – batteries and energy accumulators should be deposited in special containers called “Pilhões”, which are made available by the Autarchies at Eco-Points or Eco-Centers. They are also usually available at hyper and supermarkets, retail stores or other institutions.

e) Organic Waste – when possible, this type of waste (fruit and veggie scraps, clippings from the garden, ashes and any leftovers from agricultural activities) should be reused as organic compost (fertilizer). If not possible to recover this material, deposit it in the undifferentiated waste container.

f) Undifferentiated Waste – all waste that cannot be used for recovery through recycling or composting. Bags should be properly closed and conditioned to avoid bad odor and drawing insects and rodents. Some municipalities have developed solutions for routing other types of waste such as used cooking oils, cork stoppers, tires, tonners, and waste from electrical and electronic equipment, amongst others. Contact your municipality to find out where unconventional waste may be recovered.