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Mandatory Recycling of Paper Adopted in Reykjavík

As of October 1, the recycling of paper waste will become mandatory in Iceland’s capital. Residents of Reykjavík will have to sort their waste, and place paper in a separate bin to general household waste.

laugavegur_ipaLaugavegur in downtown Reykjavík. Photo copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.

With the motto ‘Paper is not Trash,’ Reykjavík City Council is running a campaign to transform waste disposal in the city, reports. Kjalarnes will be first to adopt the measures, with a new area of the city added to the list each month. By next May, all areas of the capital will be part of the new program.

Residents who do not already separate their waste, must order a blue bin for paper disposal or must take their paper-based trash to one of the 80 communal recycling bins around the city.

Those who live in apartment blocks must decide how many bins they need and whether they can return any of their regular household waste bins, thereby reducing the trash collection fee.

The paper is sent to Sweden for recycling.


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