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Avfallshantering i mindre verksamheter: Möjligheten att sortera ut förpacknings- och matavfall
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Waste management in smaller companiesWhat are the possibilities to sort out their packaging and food waste?

 The aim of this study was to find out what is been done and what can be done to encourage small companies to recycle and reduce food and packaging waste. Interviews were conducted with 14 small companies in Umeå and Sollefteå , personal from the two districts and the company in charge for packaging collection. Smaller companies are already sorting some of their packaging waste, especially those who have access to recycling bins nearby. Those companies that are provided recycling options through their property owner are more satisfied compared to companies that arrange it by themselves, as they think it i`s too expensive. The costs for a small company comparing with or without packaging recycling were estimated, and costs increased with recycling. The local authority does not inspect or provide the companies with advice about recycling. Informative inspection might be a future way to improve motivation for recycling. With the current system, the national aims of recycling packaging are achieved and the responsible company does not feel it necessary to increase the accessibility of recycling options for small companies. Nevertheless a large district such as Umeå has no complete possibility for companies to recycle packaging waste and in Sollefteå the system is covered by taxes. To increase recycling of packaging in small companies the availability of collecting systems must be improved and the handling of recycling needs to be less expensive.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
packaging waste, food waste, smaller companies, collecting system
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60668OAI: diva2:561868
Subject / course
Examensarbete i miljö och hälsoskydd
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2012-10-22 Created: 2012-10-22 Last updated: 2012-10-22Bibliographically approved

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