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Easy to close your eyes for invisible waste
"Easy to close your eyes for the invisible waste"

"Paper, plastic, glass and metal, each thing in its place."

"the Swedes have a good idea on how to sort their garbage – but it happens to latheten put a spanner in the återvinningshjulet. And have you thought of that trash after your discarded phone weighs around 90 kilos?"

"– Nothing is so good that it can't get better, but we are good at that sort, " says Anna-Carin Gripwall, director of communications at the trade association Swedish Waste management."

"2017" thrown to 4.8 million tonnes of household waste in Sweden. About half went to energy recovery, a third part to the recycling of materials, 15% to biological recycling, composting and a half per cent ended up in landfills. But the numbers could look even better – much of it put in the trash and is therefore more energy would be recycled if it were sorted out properly."

"– A third of which are in the trash should not be there, so we can definitely be very much better, " says Gripwall."

"It's not about lack of knowledge about recycling, but simply laziness."

" Studies have shown that the convenience is the big question. It is easy and near to sort out how do you do it and it is not that it gets any worse, " says Anna-Carin Gripwall."

"Around 50 of Sweden's 290 municipalities have introduced the so-called curbside collection, which means that accommodation in villas in apartment buildings have access to the wastebaskets in connection to his home."

"– the Results are clear, where there is curbside, easy, and close to, which is sort of better, " says Gripwall."

"Apply the waste hierarchy"

"In June, a government decision that at least 60 per cent of the individual property owners and households, by the landlord or the tenant-owner association, must be offered curbside collection up to 2021. By 2025, all households have got it."

"– Hopefully all working people after the waste hierarchy, it is something that all countries within the EU has adopted, " says Anna-Carin Gripwall."

"If you need anything like Gripwall that you should ask yourself the following questions: can I buy it used? Can I borrow it? Can I rent it? Can I fix something I already have at home? And when you get tired of something, or is finished with it, you can maybe give it to someone else?"

"But what normal household waste than weigh – 473 kg per person per year in 2017, there is an important aspect that is easily forgotten: the invisible waste."

" If you throw a mobile phone that weighs around 200 grams, you can think of that it has in its production has generated 86 kilos of waste. A couple of bomullsbyxor which weigh around 500 grams has generated 25 kilos of waste, consisting of, among other things, chemicals and raw materials that are not being used – plus transport and packaging, " says Gripwall."

"If the laws of his broken cell phone can it with other words, save 86 kilos of waste a year or two."

"in 2017 was processed 4.8 million tonnes of household waste in Sweden – 473 kilos per person. This is an increase of 81 per cent since 1975, when the household waste was measured to 2.6 million tonnes."

"in 2017 were 50.3 per cent of household waste as incineration with energy recovery, with 33.7 per cent of the waste is then sorted as recycling, 15.5 per cent as biological recovery and 0.5% of the deposit. Landfill means that either material or energy recovered."

"From 1975 to 2017, the amount of waste recycled increased from 60 to 99.5%."

"the Statistics for the year 2018 year of household waste will in may."

"Source:, Avfallsverige.see"

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