There are about 40 selective waste ‘islands’ in Pápa, where residents can take their recyclable waste and manage it respectively. See Pápa selective waste island locations here. On these islands, paper, glass, fabrics and plastic is collected in different containers.

Each container has a different color:

  • yellow marks plastics (clean beverage and food containers, plastic jars and plastic film), juice and milk cartons, aluminum cans
  • green marks any color glass, without lids!
  • blue marks clean paper, news print and card board
  • large tan containers for fabrics. These containers are for recycling. Please consider donating usable clothing rather than recycling. See our charities page for more info.

Outside of Veszprem county you may also see other colors:

  • grey for metal.
  • white for transparent glass, without lids
  • green for colored glass, without lids!





  Please do not place overflow waste next to the containers. Take the waste to another empty container or return a different day.

Containers are emptied on a weekly basis.

  • Plastics on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Papers on Wednesday.
  • Glass on Thursdays.
  • Old style, dome shaped containers are emptied every Friday.

Many supermarkets in Hungary have recycling stations:

Tesco has a large recycling station. They accept:

  • PET, Aluminum, Glass drink bottles (you will receive a small cash voucher for the store for returning these items of at least 1HUF/PET bottle or 2HUF/Aluminium can)
  • Batteries
  • Bottle caps
  • Tetra pack
  • Light bulbs and fluorescent tube
  • Electronics
  • CD/DVDs


Interspar accepts:

  • PET, Aluminium and Glass drink bottles that were purchased at the store
  • Household batteries
  • Electronics and appliances in exchange for a new item purchased in the store

Lidl accepts:

  • PET, Aluminum, Glass drink bottles (you will receive a small cash voucher for the store for returning these items)
  • Batteries
Many other supermarkets also accept batteries, drink bottles and packaging materials at their registers or customer service desks.
Metal waste can be taken to Észak-Dunántúli MÉH Nyersanyaghasznosító Zrt.

Address: 8500 Pápa, Győri utca 3

Telefon: +36-89/313-306 or +36-30/628-5451

Because Metal is valuable you will be able to sell it to the recycling company. If you want to save yourself some time just leave the metal items outside your gate next to the trash can on pick-up day and someone will quickly take it.

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There are many different ways to recycle electronics and appliances in Pápa:

The trash company holds electronic waste collection days 3-4 times per year in different parts of town.

Hungarian schools and Kindergartens usually collect electronic waste 1 or 2 times per school year. The schools receive money for the items collected, so this is a great way to support the local schools.

Stores that sell electronics and appliances will usually take an old item in exchange for a purchasing a new item in the store. Tesco, Interspar, Euronics as well as many small stores downtown will do this.

Tesco has a dedicated electronics recycling station for small items. You do not need to buy a similar item in the store.

komposzt_kics Green, organic household waste (mowed lawn, skin of fruits, etc.) can be composted in a designated area in your yard.

Yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves and branches can be take to the dump site free of charge. See our Trash/Waste management post for more info.

In Hungary electronic household appliances, such as

  • Washing machines and dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • Refrigerators and deep-freezers
  • Air conditioners
  • Electric ovens
  • Light sources

are required to be labeled with an energy-label, describing the energy consumption of the given appliance. energiacimkeAppliances with an A, A+, A++, A+++ rating consume the least energy, while the ones with a G consume the most.

energetitanusitvany_minta_nagyIn case of a tenancy of more than a year or buying or selling a home, houses need to be classified into energy categories. The fee of classification is born by the seller/landlord. The better the classification result is, the more economic the system of the house.