General Information


When it comes to the environment, you would be hard pressed to find a more conscientious country than Switzerland. The Ökihöfe® of the Zug municipalities is central to waste management in the canton. All eleven municipalities have generous collection points that accept about 30 different types of waste. What is accepted where can be found in the disposal leaflets of the municipalities. 

It is important to follow the rules. For example, all waste that is disposed in containers at your home, needs to go either in special waste bags or bags with the appropriate stickers on them, both of which are specific to each canton. These bags and stickers can be purchased in supermarkets but must be requested upon checkout from the cashier when paying.

 

What you should know first!

The blue waste bags are the only ones you may use to dispose of your garbage in the assigned containers at your place of residence. In some cases, especially for houses, the garbage bags will be collected in front of the house on the sidewalk on the designated day of collection. The compost bags are to be disposed of in a separate green bin. These bags can be purchased at grocery stores. Recycling is an integral part of waste disposal in Switzerland. In the beginning it can seem complicated, but once you understand how the system works and create your own methods, it becomes routine. However, the items you recycle will not be picked up at your residence. You must take your recycling to centers or stores that have containers for specific items.


There are several recycling centers called Ökihof around the canton of Zug, where you items must be separated into paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum, glass and PET bottles. Please see below the opening days and times. Another possibility to recycle is the ”Ökibus” which collects all of the above items once a week, which comes around to different neighborhoods. The only exception is paper, which is collected separately as long as it is bundled together and tied with string. The Ökibus timetable can be found here. The waste disposal poster for your municipality can be obtained at your local "Gemeinde", it shows all of the various timetables for refuse collection and the various recycling options.
 
The Ökihof recycling center has a second-hand store called the "Brockenhaus" which is open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. The Brockenhaus will also take items which you no longer require throughout the week during regular Ökihof opening hours, provided that these items are in good condition and working order and can be re-sold.

 

Recycling centres opening times and addresses


Zug
Güterbahnhof, 6330 Zug
 

  
Monday - Thursday09.00 - 11.3013.00 - 16.30
Friday09.00 - 11.3013.00 - 18.30
Saturday08.00 - 13.00 

 
 

 

Baar
Altgasse 40, 6340 Baar
 

  
Monday - Friday07.30 - 11.3013.30 - 16.30
Saturday07.30 - 11.30 
   

 

Cham
Lorzenweidstrasse 2, 6332 Hagendorn

 

  
Monday - Friday 13.30 - 16.30
Saturday08.30 - 12.00 
   

 

Hünenberg Zentrum
Zentrumstrasse 12, 6331 Hünenberg
 

  
Tuesday and Thursday09.30 - 11.30 
Wednesday 13.15 - 17.00
Friday 14.00 - 16.00
Saturday08.00 - 11.30 
   

 

Hünenberg Zythus
Luzernerstrasse 91, 6333 Hünenberg See
 

  
Wedesday and Friday09.30 - 11.30 
Tuesday and Thursday 14.00 - 17.00
Saturday08.00 - 11.30 
   

 

Menzingen
Industriestrasse 11, 6313 Menzingen
 

  
Tuesday09.00 - 11.45 
Wedesday 13.30 - 16.45
Friday 14.00 - 18.45
Second and last Saturday of the month08.15 - 11.45  
   

 

Neuheim
Mehrzweckgebäude Neuhof, 6345 Neuheim
 

  
Wednesday 13.30 - 17.00
Saturday08.00 - 11.00 
   

Oberägeri
Wassermattli, 6315 Oberägeri
 
  
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 13.15 - 17.00
Saturday09.00 - 11.30 
   

Risch-Rotkreuz
Sportpark, Dorfmatt, 6343 Rotkreuz
 
  
Monday09.00 - 11.30 
Wednesday 13.15 - 17.00
Friday09.00 - 11.3013.15 - 17.00
Saturday08.00 - 12.00 
   


Steinhausen
Sennweidstrasse 2, 6312 Steinhausen
 

  

Monday and Friday

 13.15 - 17.00
Wednesday07.15 - 11.3013.15 - 17.00
Saturday08.00 - 11.30 
   

Unterägeri
Buchholzstr. 15, Unterägeri
 
  
Monday, Wedesday and Friday09.45 - 11.3013.30 - 16.30
Saturday09.00 - 11.30 Uhr 
Last Wedesday of the month09.45 - 11.30 Uhr13.30 - 18.00
   

Walchwil
beim Bahnhof SBB, 6318 Walchwil
 
  
Monday and Friday 13.15 - 16.30
Wednesday and Saturday08.30 - 11.30 
   

Zentrum Zugerland
Hinterbergstr. 40, 6312 Steinhausen
 
  
Monday - Thursday09.00until 19.00
Friday09.00until 21.00
Saturday09.00until 17.00
How to reduce waste in three easy stages


Avoid
Before buying any article, always ask yourself: do I really need this? Make sure you do not buy superfluous products. Choose long-lasting and ecologically acceptable products. Give back superfluous packaging.
 
Reduce
Buy products that can be repaired. If possible, buy products in recyclable bottles and containers. Avoid leftovers. Always buy only as much as you really need.  
 
Recycle
Choose recoverable materials such as paper, glass and metal. Whether at home or at work, you can use the same packaging or container several times. If you buy recycling products, the raw materials cycle is completed. Kitchen and garden waste can be composted on the balcony or in the garden, or can be put out for the vegetable waste collection ("Green Collection").
 

Any other questions?
If you have any other questions please contact your local environmental office. The staff at your local waste collection centre will always be pleased to help you too.


ZEBA
This is the abbreviation for the Association of Local Authorities of the Canton of Zug for Waste Disposal Administration. Tel. +41 41 783 03 40.
 

Recyclables


The following materials should not be thrown into the refuse bag:
 
Vegetable waste:
The composting of food leftovers and garden waste produces excellent humus soil. Vegetable waste may not be brought to the waste collection center but can be put out for the vegetable waste collection ("Green Collection"), usually in large green bins. Biodegradable eco-bags can be bought at all grocery stores and come in a variety of sizes.

 

Used glass:
Reusable glass bottles and recipients can be returned to the shop. Unwanted glass - both broken and unbroken (Chianti bottles together with the basket) - should be thrown into the bottle bank, in the appropriate container according to color. Used glass can be collected and used for the manufacture of new bottles.
 
Used metal:
Bring used metal to your local waste collection centre. Tinplate and aluminium tins are collected separately. After collection, used metal is melted down and recycled.
 
Tyres:
Return old tyres to the garage or the place where you bought your old or new tyres. They can be specially processed or used as fuel for the manufacture of cement.
 
Textiles:
Give clean clothing which is in good condition to the charities that organise collections. You will receive special plastic bags for this purpose.
 
Waste oil:
Oils - whether mineral (e.g. motor oil) or vegetable (e.g. cooking/salad oil) - are special waste material. Always bring waste oil separately to your mechanical specialist or to the waste collection centre. Never pour it into the wastewater system (e.g. washbasins, sinks or drainage).  
 
Electrical appliances:
Defective televisions, computers, radios, refrigerators etc. should if possible be returned to the original supplier or taken to a shop selling new appliances. Retailers are obliged to take these appliances back free of charge. Alternatively, they may be brought to the waste collection centre.  
 
Fluorescent lamps:
Return fluorescent lamps and energy-saving lamps to the place where you bought them, or bring them to the waste collection centre. Their contents will be suitably destroyed. Metal and glass parts will be recycled.
 
Chemicals:
Collect paint, lacquer, medicines, poisonous substances and chemicals separately and bring them to your drugstore or pharmacist.
 
Batteries and car batteries:
Return these to the sales point or garage where they were purchased, or else bring them to the waste collection centre. They will be recycled.