Depending on the municipality, each household pays a small basic fee once a year. Fundamentally speaking, the “polluter pays” principle applies: households that produce less waste pay less for its disposal. Particular emphasis is placed on recycling, which is why there are also special waste collection points and pick-ups. Paper, batteries, glass, cardboard, green waste, aluminium, metal, textiles, oil, etc. do not belong in household waste. Plastic bottles (PET bottles) and other packaging can be disposed of free of charge at almost all points of sale. Non-recyclable waste is disposed of in chargeable rubbish bags. These rubbish bags are available at the tills in village shops and supermarkets.
In principle, waste in the Upper Valais region can also be transported to the “Ökohof” waste disposal and recycling centre in Brig (Gamsen). In addition to ordinary waste, the Ökohof also accepts bulky objects or special types of waste such as metals. To use the Ökohof, you need an Ökohofkarte, a card for which you pay a deposit and, depending on the municipality, an annual fee of CHF 35.
Hazardous waste must be specially disposed of because it contains toxic substances and is harmful to the environment. Examples of hazardous waste are paints, chemicals, batteries, electrical goods, energy-saving lamps and expired medicines. These items do not belong in household waste. They can usually be disposed of where they were bought. Producers and distributors are obliged to take them back free of charge. Some municipalities offer a special mobile collection point for hazardous waste, where it can be handed in free of charge several times a year.