New Trash Tax Reduces Waste

Sweden's western city of Gothenburg will be instituting a new system for trash collection, which has been shown in small localities to reduce waste.

The system charges a weight-based tax for garbage. In one Gothenburg neighborhood, this method has already reduced waste by a fifth.

Swedish Radio news reports that in the neighborhood of Askim, household garbage bins are marked with a special chip to identify it. When trash collectors come, they weigh each bin before dumping its contents into their truck. Then, the tax is debited from the household.

Sweden produces some five million tons of domestic waste every year.