Plastic bottles and aluminium cans have a SEK 1 deposit when fed into a recycling machine. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT.
Plastic bottles and aluminium cans have a SEK 1 deposit when fed into a recycling machine. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT.

Swedes excited over faster recycling machine

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A local supermarket in a small town has become a focus of attention by being the first place customers can recycle their aluminium cans by the sackload.

"This is a problem everyone has. Everyone has a bad conscience that they have a load of cans that they don't recycle because it's so sticky and unpleasant. Now it's become pleasant," says store manager Stefan Andersson to Radio Sweden.

A video clip showing a happy Swede emptying a sack of 200 cans into the machine has been shared over 2,000 times on Facebook.

Sweden claims to be the best at recycling aluminium cans in the world, with about 85 percent going back into the system. This is just under the government's target of 90 percent.

The Hemköp supermarket in the central Swedish town of Gnesta is serving a local population of just 5,000 but during 2014 they had managed to recycle over two million cans and plastic bottles.

To encourage recycling these items have a deposit of SEK 1, making them attractive for beggars and homeless people seeking to raise some cash, and generally helping Swedes with a bad conscience to reach that target of 90 percent.


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