What you can put in the container for paper & cardboard and glass & metals

See a list of the typical waste that can be handed in the container for paper & cardboard and glass & metal.

Examples of paper & cardboard

  • Newspapers
  • Junkmail and weeklies
  • Magazines and brochures
  • Office paper and window envelops
  • Phone books
  • Cereal boxes
  • Corrugated cardboard and cartons
  • Rolls from tissue and toilet paper
  • Small cardboard boxes
  • Egg boxes 



Cardboard must be small enough to not get stucked in the container and blocking while emptying. If you have large bundles of cardboard, it can be handed in at the recycling station or picked up as bulky waste.


NO THANKS in this container

  • Paper and cardboard that has been in directly contant with food, can't be recycled (pizza boxes, paper bags from bread and pastries, used paper towes etc.)
  • Milk and juice cartons (container for food & beverage cartons)
  • Gift wrap is often coated with film, and therefore gift wrap is residual waste
  • Flamingo must be handed in at the recycling station


What happens next?

Paper and cardboard is made from cellulose fibres from wood. These fibres can be recycled into new paper, cardboard, and egg boxes. In the manufacturing of recycled paper, only 30 grams of wood is used for 1 kilogram of paper. When manufacturing 1 kilogram of new paper, around 2 kilogram of wood is used.
It takes 75m3 of water to manufacture one tonne of new cardboard - but only 15 m3 of water to manufacture the same volume of recycled cardboard.


Paper and cardboard placed in this container ends up at a facility that seperate the paper and cardboard. Next, the cardboard is taken to a plant and the paper to another. It is made to new cardboard boxes, newspaper and other stuff made from paper and cardboard. So you support recycling and protect the environment by putting cardboard and paper in this container.


Examples of glass & metals

  • Glass bottles from wine, beer, and soda
  • Glass packaging from pickles, instant coffee, and jam
  • Glass bottles from ketchup and salad dressings
  • Beverage cans
  • Preserve cans
  • Capsules from tea light candles
  • Aluminium trays
  • Bottle caps and lids



Do not put glass and metal items in bags - put them loose in the container


NO THANKS in this container

  • Batteries (hazardous waste)
  • Hair and deodorant spray and other spray cans (hazardous waste)
  • Large and heavy metal items (recycling station)
  • Nails and screws (nails and screws fall out of the container and onto the road when the waste collector empties the container - therefore nails and screws must be handed in at the recycling station)
  • Energy saving bulbs (recycling statiom/red box)
  • Filament bulbs (residual waste)
  • China, ceramics, and heatresistent cookware (recycling station)


What happens next?

Metal from canned tomatoes and beverages is meltet into new products such as bicycles, pans, and cans. Large amounts of CO2 are avoided thanks to metal recycling. For example, CO2 emmisions are reduced by 95 % when aluminium is recycled. Also, at the global level many metals are becoming scarce - so it is important to recycle them.

Jam jars and wine bottles can be remelted into new jars and bottles. A minor share of the glass is lost in the proces, but around 90 % turns into new glass. In addition, it takes 15 % less energy to recycle glass compared with the production from virgin raw materials.


It saves resources and helps the environment.