Dispose of processed and raw clay properly


When it comes to the disposal of clay, usually vessels such as old flower pots or pottery from genetic material are the cause. Since the ingredients are of natural origin, they are properly stored in normal residual waste. This also applies to residual masses after pottery. For larger quantities, recycling centers offer the category small building debris quantities.

Dispose of in residual waste in solid containers or dried

Clay can easily be stored and stored for a long time. If after pottery and clay work nevertheless remains, for example, contaminated with foreign matter left over, they are in good hands in the residual waste.

Note the weight of the clay and the bulkiness due to drying out. When disposed of in a bag or sack, the originally damp and soft clay may harden and cause the walls to rupture and rupture. Ideally, only dry clay is filled into bag-shaped disposal containers.

special cases

Pure clay is a complete natural product. By subsequent processing such as painting or glazing, however, components can be added that do not belong in the residual waste. In individual cases, this also applies to colored clay if the dyes are of chemical origin.

Flower pots and the majority of pottery products are colored with harmless natural supplements. Glazes and paints may contain resins and / or heavy metals. In small household quantities, however, the millimeter-thin coatings are negligible. For larger quantities or thick application mostly of cold stains should be inquired at the appropriate disposal yard.

In most cases, the small waste collection is then the better disposal alternative. It is as free of charge in most cities and municipalities as the residual waste acceptance.

Varied recycling possibilities

There are some good ways to completely save the disposal of old clay:

  • As a drainage floor in flower tubs and pots distribute
  • Spread loosely in beds and potting soil
  • Recycle to craft material and store
  • Distribute in drainage gravel on buildings
  • Shard mosaics shape
  • Design bed enclosures and borders
  • Give as a material for a stag party by a small ad

Tips & Tricks

When disposing of the clay, pay attention to the purity of the variety. Quickly, some clay residues in potting soil or plant remains are included, which lead to damage to the machinery when shredded by the disposers.


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