Introduction to Recycling

Recycling is the process of collecting used materials, commonly known as waste, and creating new products to prevent the waste of potentially useful materials.

In addition, the following associated benefits can also be noted:

  • Less consumption of fresh raw materials to produce new products,
  • Less energy consumption than that required to produce new products,
  • Less Air pollution (from incineration), and
  • Less Water Pollution (from landfilling).


These additional benefits can be seen when reducing the need for "conventional" waste disposal.

Recyclable materials include many kinds of glass, paper, metal, plastic, waste cooking oil and electronics.

Within Gibraltar, glass, cans, paper, plastic, oil and small waste electrical and electronic items are picked up from strategically placed recycling bins around Gibraltar. All these collected materials are then sorted and sent to recycling plants in Spain. At the recycling plant, all materials collected are reprocessed into new materials bound for manufacturing.

Plastic items such as bottles of water, yoghurt pots, tetra brik packaging and plastic bags can be deposited in the existing yellow containers. They can also be used to deposit all types of tins, cans, aluminium foil and foil trays, as before. Blue containers are available for the recycling of paper and cardboard.

Pink Containers have been introduced throughout Gibraltar to cater for small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in addition to our Civic Amenities Site at Europa Advance Battery, Europa Advance Road. For further information, please visit our Introduction to WEEE section.

Government hopes that this extension to the recycling services on offer will encourage more people to take up the challenge and help Gibraltar to meet its target of recycling 50% of all household waste by 2020. A full list of the existing recycling disposal points can be found here. In addition, a map of all available waste cooking oil recycling bins can be found here.

Sorting with the aim of recycling is also carried out locally for numerous types of waste.

Wood and metal items, principally resulting from commercial wastes, are sorted at our local Civic Amenities Site, presently at Europa Advance Battery, Europa Advance Road and is operated by Gibraltar General Support Services Ltd.

At this facility, householders are able to dispose of their bulky timber items, white goods, large electrical and electronic goods, mattresses and scrap metal. These materials are then treated or recycled at appropriate decommissioning plants. Other items that are currently being collected for recycling include batteries, waste cooking oil and ink and toner cartridges.