Trash recycling in Portugal – decoding the bins signs


A typical recycling station in a typical neighborhood.

Lixo = trash

Lixo = trash

Depositar = deposit, put in (all materials which decompose)

Não depositar = do not put in (e.g. aerosol cans)

What to put in bin

What to put in bin: leftover food, nappies, ceramics, paper napkins

Embalagens = containers

‘Embalagens’ (YELLOW)= containers of plastic and metal


Embalagens – examples of what to put in. plastic bags, Styrofoam, metal containers, plastic containers, juice and milk cartons

Paper bin (BLUE)

Paper/Cardboard  bin (BLUE)

Paper bin

Vidro = glass

Vidro = glass (GREEN)


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