...how to properly dispose of your empty medicine packaging?

...how to properly dispose of your empty medicine packaging?

The sun is finally making an appearance again and the cold season is over. But where to put the empty medicine packaging? Cough syrup, fever suppositories or cold ointments come in a wide variety of packaging, all of which need to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. It is always important to remember that medicine packaging may only be disposed of when it is completely empty.

Blister or push-through packaging
Medicines in the form of tablets, capsules or similar are often shrink-wrapped in so-called blister packaging. These packages made of plastic and aluminium foil belong in the yellow bin or the yellow bag. This also applies to plastic medicine cans.

Ointment tubes
Ointments, gels and the like are often sold in aluminium tubes. These also belong in the yellow bin or the yellow bag. Do not forget: Unscrew the plastic lid and throw it separately in the packaging waste. If the tubes are made entirely of plastic, they also belong in the yellow bin or the yellow bag.

Ointment jars
Ointments are also available in jars - for example, when they are mixed in the pharmacy. These jars are usually made of plastic and can be thrown into the yellow bin or the yellow bag.

Pump sprays and spray cans
Pump sprays made of plastic also belong in the yellow bin or the yellow bag. The same applies to spray cans made of aluminium, such as those used for spray plasters. Caution: The spray cans must be completely empty. If there are still residues, they can catch fire or explode.

Pharmaceutical glass containers
Glass containers for medicines - from vials to jars - are disposed of in the glass container, according to the colour in the container for white, brown or green glass.

Outer packaging and package inserts
Cardboard packaging and paper package inserts should be disposed of in the paper container.

You can also find more information on the correct waste separation here.

…that recycling already took place in ancient times?

…that recycling already took place in ancient times?

Archaeologists have proven that metal and glass were collected, melted down and reworked at that time. Scrap metal collectors roamed the streets of ancient cities and collected discarded metals. The recycling of scrap metals and glass is proven by the fact that archaeologists could hardly find any metals or glass in ancient households. It is also known from ancient Rome that thousands of statues made of bronze and copper were not only destroyed by the Christians there, but also melted down and recycled into new things. It is also reported that after the end of the Roman Empire grave robbers searched graves for recyclable material such as glass or metal. Grave robbery took on such proportions that in the years between 500 and 900 A.D., the mining of metal ores declined sharply.

Let's take an example from our ancestors. You can find out how today's waste separation works on the website: www.muelltrennung-wirkt.de. Landbell is part of the initiative of the dual schemes "mülltrennung-wirkt.de”

...why the Yellow bag is yellow?

…why the Yellow bag is yellow? We neither! But we know that in Germany, every type of waste has its own colour: usually blue for paper/cardboard/carton, black for non-recyclable waste and brown for organic waste. We also separate glass by colour. And what about used lightweight packaging? They are placed in the yellow bag. Or in the yellow bin. Unfortunately, we don’t know who decided on the colour. But this much is clear: in 1991, when the collection of recyclable materials was introduced, it was intended to provide an eye-catching contrast to the black non-recyclable waste bin and usher in a new era of waste management. It continues to send a strong signal to this day.

You've always wondered why the yellow bag is so thin? Here you can find out why.

…not everything made of plastic belongs in the plastic bin?

…that not everything made of plastic belongs in the plastic bin? The yellow bin and the yellow bag are containers for packaging. This means: It`s only  for things that used to have something in it – packaging! This includes plastic cups, sausage packaging, tins, cans and toothpaste tubes, but not plastic toys or old plastic buckets.

With our Landbell separation aid, there is no more ambiguity!

...that the colour of the glass containers is important?

… that the colour of the glass containers is important? Be it white, green or brown glass- correct waste separation makes sense: it`s the only way for glass to be recycled. For example, if brown glass gets in with white glass, all the glass will be discoloured when it is melted down. By the way: Other colours, such as packaging made of blue glass, is disposed of with green glass.

Take part - waste separation works! For further helpful information please check muelltrennung-wirkt.de.

... why the yellow bag is so thin?

...why the yellow bag is so thin? The packaging compliance schemes in Germany determine the properties of
the bags. The specifications are based on the mini-maxi principle, which states that as little material as necessary
for as much packaging as possible. After all, the yellow bag is only intended for light packaging waste such as
yoghurt pots, tins and cans, aluminium trays and drinks cartons. It is not for guzzling up heavy waste such as
toys or frying pans, because that’s not packaging. Another advantage of the thin material is that it is transparent!
So waste collection staff can see immediately whether a yellow bag contains the right waste or not.
Want to learn more about the Landbell packaging scheme?

... that a cat does not belong in the yellow bag?

... that a cat does not belong in the yellow bag? A dead cat was found in the packaging waste by staff members
at a sorting plant. Incorrect sorting complicates the sorting process and can even make recycling impossible.
Want to know what belongs in the yellow bag/yellow bin and what doesn’t? Please check muelltrennung-wirkt.de.
Your cat will thank you!

… that separating waste saves CO2?

…that separating waste saves CO2? Recyling is good for the environment. In Germany, the recycling of packaging from yellow bags and yellow bins, and glass, paper/cardboard/carton containers, already saves around 3.1 million tonnes of CO2 per year. This is equivalent to the total annual CO2 emissions of the city of Bonn. By collecting, sorting and recycling sales-packaging, Landbell is making an important contribution. Start separating and learn more about our services here.

… that without recycling there would be no toilet paper?

… that without recycling there would be no toilet paper? Currently, at least 85% of all packaging made from paper, cardboard and carton is recycled. But this can only be done if you separate them from the non-recyclable waste. With proper waste separation, we can all easily help to provide the supply chains with (secondary) raw materials during the Corona era! More information about Landbell’s packaging scheme can be found here.