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Assessing Incorrect Household Waste Sorting in a Medium-Sized Swedish City
University of Borås, School of Engineering.
University of Borås, School of Business and IT.
2013 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 5, no 10, 4349-4361 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sustainable development
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Abstract [en]

Source separation is a common method for dealing with the increasing problem of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in society. The citizens are then responsible for separating waste fractions produced in their home. If the consumers fail to sort the waste according to the source separation scheme, it will lead to an ineffective system. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the environmental, economic and social aspects of incorrect waste sorting in a medium sized Swedish city that has established a source separation system. In order to determine the extent to which citizens correctly sort their waste, food waste (black bags) and combustible fraction (white bags), were collected randomly from a residential area and categorized in different waste fractions. The results show that approximately 68 wt% of the waste in the white and 29 wt% in the black bags were not sorted correctly. This incorrect sorting accrues over 13 million SEK per year cost for this community. In order to improve the inhabitants’ participation in the waste management system, it is necessary to change different factors such as convenience and easy access to the recycling stations in the local MSW management systems as well as to review current regulation and policy.

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MDPI , 2013. Vol. 5, no 10, 4349-4361 p.
Keyword [en]
solid waste management; source separation; Sweden; recycling behavior, Environmental Science, source separation, recycling behavior
Keyword [sv]
Sociala aspekter inom avfallshantering
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Resource Recovery
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1607DOI: 10.3390/su5104349ISI: 000328786600012Local ID: 2320/12615OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-1607DiVA: diva2:869676
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2016-11-23Bibliographically approved

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