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Sortering av hushållsavfall: en studie av källsorteringssystemet i Skellefteå
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Sorting of household waste – a study of the recycling system in Skellefteå

This study surveys the recycling system in the municipality of Skellefteå and examines why all of the waste is not recycled. Furthermore, the purpose was to suggest measures to improve the sorting. To determine how much waste and what kinds of household waste are not sorted analysis of combustible waste was investigated. A recent study made in Skellefteå was used for input on what the inhabitants thought about the recycling system. Interviews were made with people in the municipality to find out why all of the waste is not recycled and to get an idea of what can be done to improve the recycling system. The interviews, combined with the earlier studies, showed that there was a number of in-hibitory factors that complicated the sorting of waste for the inhabitants. Among others, these factors were long distances to recycling stations, sticky and smelly waste, little knowledge about recycling and unsatisfactory feelings about having to use the car to go to recycling stations. In conclusion, the procedure for recycling waste needs to become easier for the inhabitants in order to improve sorting. Measures suggested to improve the sorting were: a fee based on the weight of the content of the bin for combustible waste, more recycling stations around the municipality, bins with several compartments so that all of the household waste can be sorted and collected and the possibility for the inhabitants to leave their hazardous waste at petrol stations or stores.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
Recycling, improve sorting, measures, waste
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-38276OAI: diva2:374118
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
Available from: 2010-12-03 Created: 2010-12-02 Last updated: 2012-11-28Bibliographically approved

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