The Blue Bag of Switzerland – Not Chicago’s Blue Bag

The Swiss have a blue bag program, but it is not a recycling, but a garbage program.  The blue bags come in small, medium and large and on average cost $1.50 each (medium bag).  Households pay for the very bags that they have to package up their garbage in.  So the more garbage you have, the more it costs you.  This is an excellent promotion of recycling, which is free when you bring your recyclables to the appropriate center.  Read more in this humorous account of the Swiss blue bag program at

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