Waste & Recycling in Zug Recycling & waste disposal in your region

The rules and regulations of garbage disposal and recycling in Switzerland take some getting used to, but are ultimately for the greater good.

Waste disposal & recycling in Zug

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 Zug

The city of Zug provides thorough information on how to dispose of all types of waste. Each commune in Canton Zug (DE) has its own regulations so it is best to inquire locally for specifics.

Official garbage bags must be purchased for household waste. Find them at most shops, available in different sizes:


1.50 CHF/bag


2.90 CHF/bag


4.90 CHF/bag


8.80 CHF/bag


Garbage and green waste are collected from either the sidewalk in front of your house or from designated neighbourhood collections points on specified collection days. Carton and paper must be flattened, bundled and tied in stacks.

Larger items are collected if they have an official sticker. However, items heavier than 25kg or larger than 1.5x05x0.5m must be delivered to the city's waste deposit centre, Ökihof (DE), which is located at the Äussere Güterstrasse.

Compost, plastic PET bottles, glass, carton, paper, aluminium, batteries and toxic waste must be separated and disposed of separately.

Recycling in Zug   

Glass, metals, batteries and PET can be deposited at the numerous local recycling points. Glass items are further separated by colour. PET bottles can also be left at supermarket collection points.

Author: Sandra Himpel

Although raised in Germany, Switzerland is now home, as I have lived here over twelve years. My passions are scuba diving and surfing as these activities are a wonderful way to travel and see the world. I also love meeting a diverse array of international clients as a DSP consultant for Packimpex.

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