Recyclable waste

Household Recyclable Waste

The year 2019 saw the announcement of two new developments in recycling in the the Principality : simplified sorting and the extension of sorting instructions.

With the simplification of sorting instructions, the blue bin for Paper, Magazines and Newspapers was eliminated. This waste is now to be deposited in the yellow bin.

The extension of sorting instructions means that all household PACKAGING now goes in the yellow bin.

Find all the explanations in the Mag du Tri.

The contents of the yellow bins are sent by SMA. to the SMED sorting centre located in Cannes-la-Bocca and operated by Paprec. This recently renovated centre is one of the most efficient in Europe.

The Sorting Centre separates waste by material using mechanical, optical and manual processes before sending it to various recyclers, mainly in Franceand Europe.

The Sorting Centre is open for visits by appointment. For any information, contact the Waste Prevention and Recycling Officers at 8000 20 40 (free call).

For glass, thirty containers in the Principality are equipped with the Cliiink system. When using your mobile app or card, each piece of glass packaging deposited in these containers earns you points. These points can be used to get discounts in local shops or to make donations to charities.

The glass collected is then taken to the Ecolvetro sorting centre in Italy. It is sorted, cleaned of impurities and reduced to cullet before being delivered to glassmakers, where it is remelted to make new glass bottles.

Recyclable waste from businesses

Businesses benefit from the following specific selective collections free of charge:

  • Evening collection of brown cardboard : Monday to Friday from 18:30 to 00:00
  • Daytime collection of brown cardboard :  7d/7d from 5:00 to 11:00

Brown cardboard boxes must be presented folded in bins, rolls or loose. They must be empty, clean and well folded.

  • Glass collection for cafes, hotels, and restaurants  : 7d/7d from 9:00 to 17:00

Only glass containers are collected (bottles, jars and pots). Crockery, window glass, mirrors and light bulbs are not permitted.

Bins and trolleys are available from SMA. free of charge on request. Contact SMA at 8000 20 40 if you would like to request a collection.

Special household waste

The Special Household Waste reception area is a specially equipped and guarded space where private individuals can drop off waste that cannot be disposed of with household waste due to its toxicity, free of charge.

On site, an agent welcomes you and collects your waste. The sorted waste is then taken to various treatment centres, where it will be recycled or treated.

Residents are welcomed from Monday to Friday from9:00 to 12:00 and from 13:15 to 17:00 as well as on Saturdays from8:45 to 12:00 at

3 Rue Gabian
98000 MONACO

If you have any questions, contact the reception agent  at (+377) 92 05 71 25.

The link below will take you to a sheet listing all the waste accepted and not accepted.

Waste that is not accepted at our reception centre or at the Waste-to-Energy Plant should be deposited in the French waste collection centres of the Communauté d'Agglomération de la Riviera Française (CARF) located in  La Turbie, Beausoleil, Roquebrune Cap-Martin, Menton and Sospel.

For businesses, the principle of EPR(Extended Producer Responsibility) requires suppliers to take back items supplied and used.

- Special household waste sheet

- Drop-off site for batteries and light bulbs