Every year, more than 6,000 kilotons of waste are produced in Prague. With regard to the environment, the capital strives for its thorough processing in the system of waste management, which serves citizens and companies.
Waste in Prague is collected using container posts, curbside collection, and permanent drop-off centres. About 99% of households use the system of container posts with recycling stations where you bring and separate your waste. The collection is provided by four specialized companies. The frequency of pick-up ranges from once every 14 days to 7 times a week.
Recycling in Prague
Recycling has increased significantly over recent years. The residents of Prague have the opportunity to recycle paper and cardboard, coloured and clear glass, plastics, beverage cartons, sizable waste, hazardous waste, mixed waste, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, electrical and wooden waste, construction debris, tires, green maintenance waste. A large part of the mixed waste collected in Prague is used for generating energy.
Among most common containers that you can find in Prague are:
- Blue – Paper/Cardboard (papír)
- Yellow – Plastic (plasty)
- Green – Glass (sklo)
- Orange – Beverage Containers (nápojové kartony, tetrapak)
Since 2020, Prague has been expanding its services in the area of biowaste collection with city-wide container collection of plant biowaste in brown containers. Since 2020, the service of collection of biowaste is benefited by almost 50% thanks to the patronage of Prague City Hall. Further information can be found on a new website dedicated to biowaste in Prague.
How to sort a good way provides a simple overview of what you can or cannot put in the recycling containers. In most areas of the city, the Prague services take care of the regular collection of containers at street stations of sorted waste. Map of recycling stations in Prague created by the city of Prague contains all of the locations of Prague’s recycling bins, the type and number of containers present and how often they are emptied. Kamsnim is a useful website providing a map of waste disposal locations for all kinds of waste near you.
Bulky waste collection
Large-volume containers for bulky waste (Velkoobjemové kontejnery – VOK) are intended exclusively for bulky waste from the citizens of Prague (natural persons), not for waste from companies.
It is possible to insert only bulky household waste into containers. The containers are suitable for, eg. old furniture, floor coverings, metal waste, sanitary ceramics, car windows, mirrors, old sports equipment, etc. However, refrigerators, televisions and monitors, light bulbs, car batteries, hazardous waste or other sorted components of municipal waste (paper, plastics, glass, beverage cartons, etc.) must not be placed in these containers.
Places and dates of delivery of bulky waste containers differ by the city district and the containers are delivered at each station only for a limited period of time. Further information can be found on the ENVIS information portal. Currently, Praguers can also dispose of bulky waste free of charge at the collection yards of the City of Prague.
At the moment, there are 16 collection yards in operation. There, citizens can dispose (under the supervision of the staff) of selected types of waste – basically, any waste other than mixed waste can be handed in at the collection yards, including bulky waste, biowaste, wood, construction waste up to 1m3 per month, metal trash, hazardous waste, or discarded electrical equipment as part of product take-back. All types of waste can be handed in free of charge (except for tires).
All of the listed collection yards are open from 8:30 to 18:00 (17:00 in the winter) in the weekdays and 8:30 to 15:00 on Saturdays. At the collection yard, it is always necessary to prove yourself with a valid ID card (with permanent residence in Prague).
|Perucká 10/2542, Praha 2 – Vinohrady||236 04 00 00|
|Malešická 74, Praha 3 – Žižkov||734 16 10 76|
|Zakrytá, Praha 4 – Spořilov||606 08 35 25|
|Dobronická 892, Praha 4 – Kunratice||605 07 90 49|
|Puchmajerova, Praha 5 – Jinonice||251 61 23 43|
|Proboštská 1, Praha 6 – Dejvice||284 09 89 06|
|Voctářova, Praha 8 – Libeň||731 90 96 53|
|Pod Šancemi 444/1, Praha 9 – Vysočany||284 09 85 81|
|Bartůňkova 711, Praha 11 – Chodov||236 04 00 27|
|Generála Šišky, Praha 12 – Modřany||739 477 964, 603 539 171|
(244 40 01 64 currently out of service)
|Teplárenská 5, Praha 14 – Kyje||777 30 12 01|
|Za zastávkou 3, Praha 15 – Dolní Měcholupy||733 16 48 10|
|V sudech 1488, Praha 16 – Radotín||257 91 17 58|
|K Cihelně 420, Praha 19 – Satalice||736 661 560|
|Chvalkovická 3, Praha 20 – Horní Počernice||281 92 49 59|
|Podnikatelská, Praha 21 – Běchovice||602 20 21 91|
|Bečovská 939, Praha 22 – Uhříněves||731 12 29 05|