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Simplification of plastic waste sorting


Waste diversion and energy recovery through recycling have been key elements of the Prince’s Government’s action for several years. In this context, modernising the recycling centre and simplifying waste collection today offer the opportunity to increase the volume of recyclable waste collected and, consequently, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Since March, therefore, changes have been made to waste management and recycling in the Principality in order to make these processes more straightforward and, above all, simpler for users. What are the main changes? How should you use the different containers and what should you put in them? We explain all.


2 bins instead of 3: easier to sort

Many people still wonder what type of waste should be placed in each bin. These doubts not only waste users’ time when they are sorting their rubbish, but can also lead to mistakes that have an impact on the quality of recycling at the end of the chain.


To tackle this confusion, the Prince’s Government decided to simplify its instructions for sorting waste.


As a result, the blue bin has been withdrawn, and the yellow bin is used for a wider variety of rubbish: it now takes all paper, plastic and metal waste.

So the yellow bin is no longer limited to plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and other cans. Now, you can also put yoghurt pots, polystyrene food packaging trays, plastic bags and films, egg boxes, fruit purée sachets and aluminium coffee capsules in there.

While the list of things accepted in the yellow bin has increased, the green bin should be used in the same way as before, for glass packaging.


To help users, 12,000 copies of the “Mag du Tri” recycling magazine have been distributed through letterboxes in the Principality, and a team of “Waste Sorting Ambassadors” has been entrusted with the role of supporting and informing both individuals and businesses, raising their awareness of how best to manage their waste.

Turning recycling into a game!

This is the aim of the simple, smart glass collection programme Cliiink . Comprising a website, an interactive map and a mobile app, Cliiink is the first programme in France or Monaco to reward people for recycling their waste.


The principle behind the scheme is simple: deposit your glass waste in one of the 52 smart containers to be found in Monaco and earn points which can be collected and exchanged for discounts, free gifts and even donations to charities! It’s an innovative and successful initiative which already has 1,140 users in the Principality.


For more information on waste sorting and recycling in the Principality, see www.sma.mc or call 8000 20 40 (freephone number).


Simplifying the process for sorting and recycling waste is one more way to encourage citizens to contribute actively – and easily – to the energy transition in Monaco. To make this initiative as successful as possible, we can offer help and advice on the actions you can take to reduce your plastic consumption in the first place.

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