Waste disposal and recycling

Switzerland is very conscientious when it comes to the environment, and every village has its own waste disposal and recycling systems which are set out on posters you can get from your local town hall or which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. All waste which is disposed of in public rubbish bins has to be deposited either in special waste bags or bags with stickers on, both of which are specific to each canton. These bags and stickers can be obtained in supermarkets but must be asked for from the cashier when paying. Neighbours will be able to explain the waste-disposal and recycling system to you, or you can also ask at your town hall.
 Official garbage bags of Canton Zug

 Ask at your local shop for "Kehrichtsack der Zuger  Gemeinden" or Gebührensäcke

 Read our blog about recycling in Zug here


There are several recycling centres around the canton Zug where you can bring your recycling, which must be separated into paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and PET bottles. For opening times, please check the website. There is also an "Oekibus" or "eco-bus" which collects all of the above products once a week for recycling except paper, which is collected separately provided that it has been bundled together and tied with string. The Oekibus timetable can also be found on the Oekihof website mentioned above, as can paper collection times.
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 Oekihof recycling centre also 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 Oekihof opening hours, provided that these items are in good working order and condition and can be re-sold.

How to reduce waste in three easy stages:
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.
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.  
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.

This is the abbreviation for the Association of Local Authorities of the Canton of Zug for Waste Disposal Administration. Tel. 041 / 783 03 40.
Sort your refuse!
The following materials may 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 centre, but can be put out for the vegetable waste collection ("Green Collection").

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 colour. 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.
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.
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.
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.