Limit your plastic waste
Did you know that Luxembourg is a bad pupil in terms of plastic waste recycling? According to a 2017 Eurostat study, Luxembourg ranks 21st out of 28 EU countries in terms of plastic waste recycling with an average recycling rate of 33% compared to 42%.
Each inhabitant in Luxembourg throws an average of 52 kg of plastic waste per year! The Luxembourg government’s objective is to limit the use of plastic packaging in the coming years to 40 bags per person per year in 2025, compared to the current 140. The distribution of single-use plastic bags in supermarkets and other shops is now prohibited.
Make also our planet clean by limiting the use of plastic. Bring large eco-responsible bags to do your shopping and don’t forget the small reusable cloth bag for fruits and vegetables!
Maintenance of your accommodation and sidewalk clearance
The maintenance of your accommodation is an obligation,whether you are an owner or a tenant.
In order to maintain your accommodation, you can directly recruit household staff following the Luxembourg labor laws, call on companies specialised in cleaning and maintenance, or else on companies specialised in human services.
In the event of frost or snow, it is also mandatory for the occupants of a building or house to clear congested or frozen sidewalks in front of the building. If the sidewalks belong to the municipal administration, it is the duty of the inhabitants to clear a strip 1 m wide and to spread a material to prevent freezing and thus slipping.
In the event of a fall, your responsibility will be invoked and you will have to prove that you have done what is necessary. In the event of an accident, your civil liability insurance may be called into play.
Refuse collection and recycling in Luxembourg
You are living in Luxembourg, and as anyone else you need to have your household waste and trash cans emptied. Do you need to get your garage or your cellar sorted out? Do you have objects that need to be recycled?
In Luxembourg, the rubbish collection and recycling are managed by the municipalities.
Refuse collection – Hygiene service
When you register as a resident in your municipality, the administration will propose several trash cans and other specific containers for your waste. These will be periodically collected by a specialised company following a weekly, twice-weekly or monthly schedule.
Your household and gardening waste, bottles or other papers and newspapers will be collected against annual payment to your municipality, depending on how many times you use this service. A collection schedule will be regularly updated and provided by your municipality.
For the City of Luxembourg, you can consult the waste collection calendar by streets on the City of Luxembourg’s website.
The cumbersome objects can also be removed on prerequisite appointment with the services of your municipality, and after having affixed to it a label given to you when making the appointment.
The municipalities also provide the residents with free recycling centres so that they can get rid of their recyclable or toxic waste and of other objects they don’t use anymore. As an inhabitant from the municipality, you can access it for free. Inquire with your municipality of residence.
Several categories of recyclable waste are collected in the municipal recycling centres: plastic, glass, cardboard, wood,… All the materials have their own skips, all at your disposal.
Toxic waste is also collected to be properly destroyed.
In these centres, you can also find dedicated areas where to leave objects other people could be interested in. Those can be toys, books or children’s clothes, objects of decoration you don’t want to keep or use anymore, as long as they are still in good condition. Here is a good idea to recycle everything. You might find there bargains and objects to restore yourself.
The PMC (Valorlux) blue bags intended for recyclable packagings are given free of charge to users at your municipal administration. For the City of Luxembourg, residents can find them at at the Bierger-Center the Luxembourg city hall, at the “Badanstalt”, at the municipal swimming pool of Bonnevoie, at the recycling centre and at the City of Luxembourg’s hygiene service.
These bags are intended to be used with the so-called PMC packagings, namely plastic bottles and flasks, metallic packagings such as cans and drink packagings.
If you have a green bag, according to the municipalities, you can also put plastic bags and films into it.
Mon Sac Bleu; make recycling easier with the Valorlux free app!
Are you using the well-known blue bag (or green depending on the municipalities) to recycle your waste? As many others, you have experienced being refused this blue bag or taking it out on the wrong date?
Inquire about the techniques of sorting of the plastic, at the risk of seeing you refusing the collection and receiving a label of red penalty on your bags with an obligation(bond) of re – sort out your waste and an adjournment(transfer) of collection.
The Valorlux free app is meant to make your daily life easier by letting you know when your recycling blue bags are supposed to be collected.
Once you have downloaded the application, it is very easy: you just have to indicate your municipality of residence and you will be told when the next collecting for the recycling blue bags is planned in your area.
Mon Sac Bleu also gives you all the information you need for recycling in compliance with the Luxembourg rules,illustrated with photos, as well as some tips in order to prevent, for instance, your bags from blowing away. So that you can sort out your rubbish in the best conditions possible as well as avoiding the fines!
The application can also inform you of the numerous recycling centres in Luxembourg. It provides you with their addresses and phone numbers as well as their opening hours.
It even has a GPS system, allowing you to get there easily from where you are, in real time!
Would you like to get rid of some waste when going shopping?
Mon Sac Bleu also tells you about the various RE-BOX collection centres present on certain shopping malls’ parking lots in Luxembourg.That way, you can throw away your waste quickly and easily!
Organic and biodegradable waste – Biomüll
Collected biodegradable waste is a source of renewable energy because they are energetically valued. The municipalities provide you with specific containers for collecting this “bio waste” in exchange for an annual fee.
Inquire with your municipality, or directly on the city of Luxembourg’s website if you are living in the capital.