What are the new rules on recycling in Paris?

The city of Paris has announced that more things can now be recycled in kerbside rubbish collections - including Nespresso capsules.

What are the new rules on recycling in Paris?
New technology at sorting centres mean more things can be recycled. Photo: AFP

The things that can be put in the bin with the yellow lid – dedicated to recyclable items – has gradually expanded and since the beginning of July has included the notoriously hard to recycle Nespresso capsule.

“Since the beginning of the year, Paris has simplified its sorting instructions: you can now throw all packaging (plastic, cardboard, metal, paper) into the yellow bin. More simplicity for better sorting,” said Paul Simondon, the deputy mayor of Paris in charge of cleanliness and waste management, told French newspaper CNews.

Graphic: Le Paris du Tri

The things that can now be put in the yellow bin are:

Paper and cardboard
All papers, cardboard packaging (both clean and soiled) and cardboard pieces. Packaging should be emptied, but does not need to be washed. All newspapers and magazines can be recycled but toilet paper, tissues, paper towels and wipes cannot.
All emptied plastic bottles and containers, with or without the cap. 
Cans, jar lids, bottle caps and other metals. Like paper, they must be emptied, but do not need to be washed.
Food packaging
New from this year, it is now possible to throw food packaging in the yellow bins. Food packaging that has been in direct contact with food, such as salad boxes and frozen food packaging, can be recycled, as well as egg boxes, plastic yoghurts or even empty toothpaste tubes.
Nespresso capsules
The increasingly popular coffee machine capsules are made of aluminium, which is recyclable, but the small size of the capsules had posed a problem as sorting centres were not able to capture packaging of less than 6 cm.
A new recycling process had to be deployed and the sorting centres equipped with new technology. Since the beginning of July that has been in operation, so Nespresso capsules can now be recycled in the yellow bin.

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Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed

Striking airport workers have blocked part Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, with some flights already delayed by at least one hour.

Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed
Striking airport workers outside Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris. Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt | AFP

Last month, trade unions representing workers at the Aéroports de Paris (ADP) – the city’s Charles-de-Gaulle-Roissy and Orly airports – called for a strike between July 1st and July 5th in an ongoing dispute between French airport workers and bosses over contract renegotiations.

A second wave of protests are expected next week, after a strike notice was filed for July 9th.

Tensions mounted on Friday morning as some 400 protesters staged a raucous demonstration at CDG’s terminal 2E, which mostly deals with flights outside the Schengen zone, as police officers looked on.

At Orly airport, meanwhile, some 250 people demonstrated “outside”, while a small group was inside.

The dispute is over a long-term plan by ADP to bring in new work contracts for employees at the airports, which unions say will lower pay, job losses and a reduction in rights and bonuses for employees.

The strike is being jointly called by the CGT, CFE-CGE, Unsa, CFDT and FO unions, who said in a joint press release that the proposals will “definitively remove more than a month’s salary from all employees and force them to accept geographical mobility that will generate additional commuting time”.

Unions say that staff face dismissal if they do not sign the new contracts.

ADP said on Wednesday that it expected ‘slight delays for some flights but no cancellations’ to services – but it urged travellers to follow its social media operations for real-time updates.

On Thursday, the first day of action, 30 percent of flights were delayed between 15 minutes and half-an-hour.

ADP’s CEO Augustin de Romanet had said on Tuesday that ‘everything would be done to ensure no flight is cancelled’. 

ADP reported a loss of €1.17 billion in 2020. 

Stressing that discussions are continuing over the proposed new contracts, the CEO called for “an effort of solidarity, with a red line: no forced layoffs.”