The Melting Tips! – Newsletter #2


Pic from La Terre Vue du Ciel, an amazing book from the French photographer Yann Arthus Bertrand

Today we’re going to talk about selective sorting! You all heard about it, but do you really know what it is and mostly how it works here in Bordeaux?

First of all, do you know what your rubbish bins contain?

  • Biodegradable material  25%
  • Cardboard paper  21%
  • Glass  11%
  • Plastics  11%
  • Textiles  8%
  • Metals  4%
  • Others 20%

But when everything is mixed, everything is burned or dumped and it is polluting unnecessarily… The Earth does not need that…

… And normally this is the moment when you feel guilty and ask yourself “But how to sort my waste in a simple way to contribute to the well-being of the environment?”

=> To sort out is to reuse materials to make recycled products! Don’t panic it’s not that complicated and we sorted this out for you!


 Waste sorting is implemented by local authorities. It may vary per location but the idea is the same. In Bordeaux and Talence this is how you should do :

In the green bin

  • plastic bottles, even with their cap (water, soda, milk …), bottles of softener, laundry, dishwashing liquid, shampoo, bubble bath, wine cubitainers …
  • cans, aerosols, aluminum trays
  • cardboard boxes and over-packs, newspapers and magazines, corrugated cardboard, food-grade bricks

In glass sorting terminals

  • bottles
  • canned jars
  • the glass jars

without caps or lids, no need to wash them

In the grey bin

  • Everything else, including:
  • plastic bags
  • the yoghurt pots
  • polystyrene trays (meat …)
  • light plastic packaging (egg cartons, mineral water packaging)
  • If I had any advice to give you that would be at hometo write on a post it stuck to each trash / bag what you can put in.

But what to do with waste that I do not put in the sorting bins?

  • I take to the recycling center bulky objects and hazardous waste (rubble, battery, oil drain …), gardening waste (mowing grass, leaves …).
  • I bring the drugs back to the pharmacy.
  • I bring my used batteries and bulbs back to supermarkets or stores.
  • I give my old clothes, toys, furniture, household appliances that can still be used for associations.
  • And if I buy a phone, computer, hair dryer, washing machine… I bring back the old device to the seller who takes it back for free.

And do you know that there are battery and drum containers in Kedge ?


  • The waste management sector alone represents 112,000 jobs today
  • Recycling currently avoids 20 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year
  • If you put a “STOP PUB” on your mailbox, it’s 35 kilos of waste less per year and per household!


  • Preserving oceans, lands, forests… Well, the environment itself.
  • Limiting the impact of toxic waste on human health and on the living in general.
  • Preservation of natural resources.

In one sentence: preserving life on Earth by preserving the Earth

By doing small and simple efforts, all together we can make the difference! And it’s good to know that you are a good person, isn’t it ?

You will find bellow a link that lists the rubbish in alphabetical order, so you know exactly what to do with it. Unfortunately (or fortunately ahah) it’s in French, another amazing opportunity to learn useful French vocabulary!!!

See you in a fortnight, for the next newsletter guys 😉

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