A year after the Swedish plastic tax, a new problem: paper bags

A year after the Swedish plastic tax, a new problem: paper bags

Linköping Municipality calls on residents to be more careful in handling household waste

The authorities in Link̦ping have appealed to the townspeople to be more disciplined when it comes to sorting and packaging their household waste before putting it in the street bins. Apparently, a year after charging customers for plastic bags in stores Рthe so-called plastic tax Рpaper bags have become increasingly popular. However, this means that they are now increasingly used for packaging household waste; something they were never intended for.

Paper bags cannot be tied properly and tend to leak. This creates problems both for the working environment of the waste collectors and at the optical sorting plant of the Swedish Technical Agency.

Familiarize yourself with the term “bulk waste”

When the authorities speak of “bulk waste”, they are referring to the waste that has dumped from broken bags and into garbage cans. And if for many residents, once the bag has been thrown in the trash, the situation is “out of sight, out of sight”, this is not the case for the waste collection teams whose job it is to cope. to such spills.

We see this is a growing problem in Linköping, and now we want to protect the working environment for those who collect the rubbish. Bulk waste is, to say the least, quite disgusting and unsanitary and creates a poor working environment for those who collect it,», Explained Jens Lövgren, developer at the municipal company Tekniska Verken.

He continued: “Garbage can fly away when trash cans are emptied, and it becomes sticky with liquid that can splash staff emptying trash cans. Then there is also the possibility that the bulk waste destroys our optical sorting.”.

The municipality has so far decided to release more advice and warnings to the public, although it remains to be seen whether these will be sufficient to correct the situation.

These include the following: Do not throw away loose items. Tie a double knot on all bags, both the green bag and the residual waste bag. The green bag should only be used for food waste. Do not use paper or thin plastic bags to wrap trash.

Ethel J. Montes