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We produce kilos of waste every day. But what happens to our PET bottles, banana peels or ice cream packaging? And why should you separate waste? Raphi takes us on the journey of our waste and explains what happens in the waste incineration plant.

Every Swiss person produces 730 kilograms of waste per year. That makes us runner-up behind Denmark. Our waste is made up of organic waste, paper, plastic, minerals, packaging, cardboard, glass, clothes and, unfortunately, often toxic waste such as batteries.

A distinction is made between garbage and waste that is sent for recycling. Around half of the waste ends up in waste incineration plants and is incinerated. The other half of our waste is recycled. Glass, aluminum, cardboard and paper are best separated by us and can thus be recycled. Quite different with PET bottles. Around a quarter end up in the normal garbage. It's a shame, because PET bottles can be recycled.

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