Barcelona’s Innovative Public Recycling Containers

Barcelona’s Innovative Public Recycling Containers

Barcelona's Environmental Department have produced new waste recycling containers which are designed for easy use by the city's whole population.

Danny Camprubi
  • 11 february 2010

Barcelona's Innovative Public Recycling Containers

Barcelona’s Environmental Department, in close collaboration with the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)Ros Roca and Nord Engineering, have produced new waste recycling containers which are designed for easy use by the city’s whole population.

The containers include identification elements to make it easier for all people to locate and distinguish between them in public spaces. Each waste category is associated with a colour: organic – brown, general waste – grey, cardboard and paper – blue, plastic packaging – yellow and glass – green. Containers are lined up in the same order everywhere to make it easy for the blind or visually-impaired to identify them.  They also have tactile markers indicating the type of waste collected by each container. These markers have been agreed upon with ONCE (Spanish National Blind Organisation), this means blind people can too recycle their waste.


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