Recycling of packaging through yellow container rises 15% since declaration of State of Alarm

This increase is due to increased consumption in homes as a result of the lockdown and the firm commitment of citizens to recycling and the environment. Local authorities all over Spain are implementing the necessary measures at material recovery facilities to enable recycling services to continue with maximum guarantees. A fall has been recorded in the quantity of waste collected in the blue containers and the rest fraction, due to the shutdown of bars, restaurants and other retailing and service sectors.

Since the beginning of the State of Alarm on March 14, citizens have increased their use of the yellow container to recycle tetra-brick, plastic and metal packaging. This figure, compiled from information collected at over 80% of sorting plants around Spain, is associated with increased consumption in homes due to the lockdown. It reaffirms citizens’ commitment to the environment, even in exceptional situations such as the current one.

In response to government instructions, local authorities all over the country are ensuring selective collection of waste for subsequent recycling, whilst at all times prioritising employee safety at plants by implementing fully automated and separate management of refuse collected from households inhabited by anybody in quarantine or infected with Covid-19. Such management is being carried out in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, and the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP).

A downward trend has been observed with respect to waste deposited in both blue (paper & board) and grey (rest fraction) containers. This is due in both cases to the nationwide shutdown of economic activity, particularly in the bar and restaurant sector, and the rest of the retail and services sector.