Better recycling and sorting of waste materials is an issue of priority in both the EU and Sweden. The aim is for there to be no increase in the amount of waste produced and for as much material and energy as possible to be recycled. Here you can read about where you can sort different types of waste materials at Dalarna University. We are currently upgrading our sorting system so that recycling bins and signage are the same in all university buildings.
Recycling bins and sorting stations are emptied on a regular basis by our cleaning personnel. Bags with different types of waste materials (food, plastic, etc.) are tied and placed in one large bag on the cleaner’s trolley. This has led to the misconception that all material simply ends up in the same place. In actual fact, the bags are sorted into large outdoor rubbish containers that are located close to the janitorial offices on each campus. Most of the waste is collected by the company SUEZ, while certain types of waste are collected by the local municipal rubbish-collecting services.
Learn more about how to sort and how waste is managed: sopor.nu. (Swedish website)
How To Sort Waste Materials
Other Waste - non-hazardous, burnable materials that are not suitable for any other bin: bins are located in hallways, sorting stations and kitchens.
Hazardous Waste - lamps, batteries, electronics, chemicals and other hazardous waste: give to the janitorial office.
Glass - bottles, jars, etc. (not lids): use the same bin for coloured and clear glass: bins are located in the sorting stations and kitchens.
Organic Waste - left-over food, bread, coffee grounds, egg shells as well as paper towels and serviettes (no snus or chewing gum): bins are located at sorting stations and in kitchens.
Metal Packaging - tins, metal caps, aluminium foil, etc. - bins are located at sorting stations and in certain kitchens.
Cans and Bottles (Desposit) - bottles and aluminium cans with a deposit return label: bins are located in hallways, at sorting stations and in certain kitchens.
Paper - writing paper, photocopy paper, newspapers, brochures: deposit in the nearest photocopy room.
Paper Packaging - packaging without a corrugated middle, for example, milk cartons, pasta packets, wrapping paper (no corks or lids): bins are located at sorting stations and in certain kitchens; can also be deposited with paper.
Plastic - plastic packaging such as plastic bags, plastic tubs, styrofoam: bins are located in hallways, in kitchens and at sorting stations.
Cardboard - boxes and packaging with a corrugated middle layer: deposit in your nearest photocopy room.