What goes where?

At CERN, we have:

  • Regular collections for small amounts of incinerable waste and paper/cardboard in waste containers situated near building entrances (schedule in French available here);
  • Collections on request for greater volumes of waste requiring skips.

We also have:

  • Regular scrap wood collections on the Swiss and French parts of the site (off-cuts not exceeding 1m3 can be deposited near the incinerable waste and paper/cardboard containers).

 

 

Aluminium cans Batteries Bulky items Chemical waste Confidential papers Electronic and data processing equipment
Expanded polystyrene
"Sagex"
Glass waste Incinerable waste Mixed construction waste NESPRESSO capsules Paper and cardboard

PET

Printer toner cartridges Rubble, inert waste Scrap metal Scrap wood  

 

 

 

Aluminium cans

 

Batteries

Collection Regular collections.   Collection on request.
Description Compactors/containers for aluminium cans can be found near the drinks vending machines on the Prévessin site. In addition, an 800l container is also provided near Buildings 156 and 904.   Containers for used batteries can be found in numerous places on the CERN site, notably in the main building, in cafeterias, etc. Click here to see the list of locations.
Quantity Small.   Small.
Skip / Container Other.   More information
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Request No request required, containers located in front of Buildings 156 and 904.  

Small batteries collection request

Lead batteries: please submit an internal transport request via EDH to building 133

 

 

Bulky waste items

 

Chemical waste

Collection Availability of containers (with a budget code) and collection on request.    
Description Bulky waste includes used furniture and equipment (material longer than 60 cm). Office furniture is sorted by the Storage, Recuperation and Sales service (Building 133), who decide whether to keep or dispose of them.   Chemical waste includes waste from processed chemical products (acids, hydrocarbon mixtures, oils, bulbs, striplights, etc.).  Click here for more information.
Quantity Small/large.   Small
Skip / Container Skip.   Transported to Building 262 upon receipt of an EDH transport request.
Click for more information about the transport.
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Request Request a skip via the Service Desk
Request emptying or removal via the Service Desk
  ► Request transport to Building 262.

 

 

Confidential papers

 

Electronic and data processing equipment

Collection Collected on request (with a budget code).   Collected on request (with a budget code).
Description

This category refers to all documents of a confidential nature (paper ONLY, no folders or plastic wallets) that need to be disposed of separately from the usual waste paper/cardboard left in the "box-it" bins in offices. Closed containers are provided on request in convenient places in buildings. The discarded documents will be taken to a recycling centre to be shredded and recycled by paper mills. Disposal/exchange of the container and destruction of confidential papers are billed but the removal cost is included in the price.  All costs are charged to the same code.

  Computing equipment and electronic waste includes screens, keyboards, plastic cards with microchips, etc. Click here for more information.
Quantity Small   Small/large.
Skip / Container Closed 120l and 770l containers   Blue or red container.
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Request Request for confidential paper waste container
Request emptying or removal via the Service Desk
  Request transport to Building 133 via EDH when no longer required.

 

 

Expanded polystyrene

 

Glass waste

Collection Collected on request.   Regular collections (containers).
Description Expanded polystyrene or ”Sagex” is recyclable. The metal frame and 500l bags are available on request.   Glass waste includes bottles from the restaurants and cafeterias. List of the collection points.
Quantity Small.   Small
Skip / Container Other.   Other.
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Request Request via the Service Desk   Regular collections only.

 

 

Incinerable waste

 

Mixed construction waste

Collection Regular collections (containers). Availability of containers for large volumes (with a budget code) and collection on request.   Collected on request.
Description Incinerable household waste includes waste from the cleaning of buildings and from the cafeterias and restaurants, as well as non-recyclable plastic items.   Mixed construction waste (except chemical/special waste), such as:
  • Lightweight (cellular) concrete
  • Wood untreated with salts or oxides
  • Rubber
  • Metals, including alloys
  • Carpeting
  • P.V.C.
  • Plastics
  • Polystyrene
  • Special glass (tinted, reinforced, etc.)
Quantity Small. Large.   Large.
Skipe / Container 800l container provided free of charge. Skip.   Skip.
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Request Request a container via the Service Desk Request a skip via the Service Desk
Request emptying or removal via the Service Desk
  Request a skip via the Service Desk
Request emptying or removal via the Service Desk

 

 

NESPRESSO capsules

 

Paper and cardboard

Collection Regular collections.   Regular collections (containers). Availability of containers for large volumes (with a budget code) and collect on request.
Description Containers for Nespresso coffee capsules are strictly reserved for aluminium capsules. They can be found at Buildings 156 and 904, by the container for glass.  

This category refers ONLY to paper and cardboard (no folders or plastic wallets). The cardboard must be folded before being placed in the container. Waste paper and cardboard includes printed administrative forms, reports, catalogues and packaging (no “Sagex” (expanded polystyrene) or plastic). It is also possible to buy at the CERN Stores a plastic tray with wheels (scem 55.60.03.267.0 managed by the Cleaning service).

Quantity Small.   Small. Large.
Skip / Container To facilitate the storage of used capsules in your office, 6-litre containers can be obtained, free of charge, from the emergency counter at the Stores in 73-R-002.   800l container provided for free. Closed 6.5 m3 skip.
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Request No request required, 120-litre containers located in front of Buildings 156 and 904.   Request a container via the Service Desk
Request emptying or removal via the Service Desk
Request a skip via the Service Desk
Request emptying or removal via the Service Desk

 

 

PET

 

Printer toner cartridges

Collection Regular collections.   Regular collections.
Description

Waste containers for PET (polyethylene terephthalate) products are for all types of recyclable plastic bottle. The PET waste containers are situated near the drinks vending machines on the Swiss and French sites. In addition, an 800l container can be found near Buildings 156 and 904.

More information on PET recycling (in French)

  Printer toner cartridges must be sent to/left at Building 194, whose staff will ensure that they are sent to a recycling centre.
Quantity Small.   Small.
Skip / Container Other.   Cartridges taken to Building 194 upon receipt of an EDH transport request.
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Request No request required, regular collections only.   ► Request transport to Building 194.

 

 

Rubble, inert waste

 

Scrap metal

Collection Availability of containers (with a budget code) and collection on request.   Regular collections and on request (containers 1m3). Availability of containers for large volumes (with a budget code) and collect on request.
Description Includes the following construction waste:
  • Slate
  • Reinforced and non-reinforced concrete
  • Bricks
  • Tiles
  • Ceramics
  • Mineral wool
  • Mixed minerals following demolition, not containing plaster
  • Breeze blocks
  • Plasterboard
  • Stones
  • Earth and excavated matter
  • Ordinary glass
  Scrap metal includes cast iron or steel parts from discarded or demolished objects (metal frames, old machines, etc.), surplus raw materials, and metal shavings (essentially copper, stainless steel and aluminium). Scrap metal must be sorted; each bin or skip must contain only metals of the same type. For example, one bin for stainless steel, another for aluminium, another for copper, another for steel, another for brass, and another for lead.
Quantity Large.   Small. Large.
Skip / Container Skip.   1m3 scrap bin provided for free. Skip.
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Request Request a skip via the Service Desk 

Request emptying or removal via the Service Desk

  Request disposal of a metal container (bac ferraille) on CERN's site
Request emptying or removal via the Service Desk
Request disposal of a metal skip (benne ferraille) on CERN's site
Request emptying or removal via the Service Desk

 

 

Scrap wood

 

 

Collection Regular collections. Availability of containers for large volumes (with a budget code).    
Description Waste wood consists of high-quality wood: transport pallets without a refundable deposit (not marked "EUR-CFF-SBB-FFS-DB-SNCF"), cable supports, wooden crates, planks, chipboard, etc.

Small quantities of wood

Small quantities of wood (maximum 1m3) that is to be disposed of should be placed beside the paper/cardboard or household waste bins outside buildings. This wood will be collected by the service provider during the regular wood collections (twice a month in Switzerland and once a month in France).

For quantities of wood of over 1m3, please request a skip via the Service Desk. 

Wooden pallets marked "EUR"

For pallets measuring 120 cm x 80 cm and marked "EUR", a refundable deposit has been paid. They must WITHOUT EXCEPTION be returned to the Goods Reception (Building 194 in Switzerland and Building 904 in France). 

   
Quantity Small/large.    
Skip / Container Skip.    
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Request

Request a skip via the Service Desk
Request emptying or removal via the Service Desk

Request for wooden pallets disposal/collection

   

 

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