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Crisis Prompts Icelanders to Recycle More

Reykjavík residents have increasingly been booking garbage cans for recycling from Reykjavík City since the economic crisis hit last fall instead of having just one can for all domestic waste, which is easier on the purse and the environment.

According to Pétur Elínarson, the operation manager for Reykjavík City’s Environment Department, overall, the volume of waste has decreased, Fréttabladid reports.

“People are starting to think more about the number of cans,” Elínarson said, explaining that more and more residents of apartment complexes decide to decrease the number of cans to lower the price of garbage services.

By having different cans for different types of garbage, it is no longer necessary to have one can for each apartment and residents can share the costs.

The average black garbage can is twice as expensive as the green can for food waste. The blue can is intended for paper and cardboard.

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