Waste disposal & recycling in Neuchâtel
The Swiss are efficient and conscientious about recycling and have a myriad of rules and regulations regarding the issue. Unsurprisingly, Switzerland tops world rankings for environmental action. Adapting to Switzerland's waste and recycling collection system requires time and effort but it is good for your conscience and for your wallet. Recycling collection points for most materials are widely available.
All the information you need about waste and recycling is provided by the Federal Office of the Environment (DE/FR/IT). You can click your canton on the map to find related links. For tips on saving energy and preserving the environment visit Energy-Environment (DE/FR). Read more about Switzerland's thorough rubbish disposal and recycling systems and their benefits on Swiss Recycling (DE/FR/IT).
Useful resources in English:
- Ch.ch provides links to cantonal waste disposal and recycling information.
- The recycling map shows collection points for all types of waste and centre opening times.
Garbage disposal in Neuchâtel
It is required to purchase official bin bags to dispose of your household trash. These bags are NOT for recyclables. In Neuchâtel these bags are known as SacNeva (FR). They can be purchased at supermarkets, communes and post offices.
Different bag sizes are available:
Depending on your neighbourhood, full bin bags should be placed either on the street on designated days or in specified collections points in your area. Check the Neuchâtel municipality (FR) for information on collection dates and recycling points. Compost, PET bottles, glass, carton, paper, aluminium cans, batteries, and toxic waste need to be recycled or disposed of separately from household trash.
Recycling in Neuchâtel
Glass, paper, aluminium and plastic PET bottles need to be separated and then deposited at local recycling points. Glass items are further separated by colour. To recycle bulky items (like furniture), oil, old clothing or metal, consult one of the regional waste deposit centres (FR).