Do you have good enough control over plastic waste? You should have that, because translations are at the top of the country when it comes to sorting plastic at source.
The fourth place on the list is pretty decent, although there is room for improvement. At the top are the residents of Ringsaker, Hamar, Løten and Stange, with 13.8 kilograms per inhabitant. This is followed by people in Veresdal, Kvitsed, Siljord, Toki and Finje, weighing 13.4 kg.
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In third place is Valdres, where in 2022 they managed to return 13.1 kilograms per inhabitant. Then, increases ensued, with the population of Gjøvik, Søndre and Nordre Land. The average here is 12.2k.
Way above average
These are good numbers, because the national average is eight kilograms. At the same time, each of us throws twice as much plastic packaging into our residual waste. If it continues like this, it is impossible to reach the recycling goals. – In any case, 30,000 tons is too little if we want to meet the requirements we have for recycling in the future, says Plastretur Managing Director Karl Johan Engvaldsen.
In order to reach the 52 percent material recycling requirement in 2030, according to Plastretur – at current packaging quantities – at least 60,000 tons of plastic packaging must be sorted and collected from the citizens for whom they are responsible. This corresponds to an average of over 16 kg per individual.
– How we will meet the requirements of the future is one of the most important things we work at Plastretur every day, says Ingvaldsen. From 2028, all municipalities are required to sort and collect 50 percent of all plastic waste that can be recycled, and the requirement will be increased to 70 percent in 2035. In almost all municipalities of the country, it is the residents themselves who sort the plastic at the source. However, there are many who are planning post-screening facilities in the future.
– We know that there are a lot of recyclable packaging that are improperly disposed of in residual waste. We don’t have access to it and therefore don’t get a chance to get it back, says Plastretur’s boss.
The Pollution Act states that each municipality owns the plastic waste generated by consumers, and is responsible for its collection. In the coming years, municipalities will also increasingly increase the requirements for sorting through waste regulations.
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