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More emphasis on garbage sorting and recycling

Waste management in Iceland is undergoing rapid change and more emphasis will be put on garbage sorting and recycling in the future, as announced by Reykjavík City Environmental and Health Protection Office this week.

Gudmundur B. Fridriksson, a division head for the office, said every home in Reykjavík will have a special garbage container for paper by 2009 and that more containers for different types of domestic waste will follow. Morgunbladid reports.

Local authorities in southwestern Iceland plan to introduce special garbage bags for biological waste by 2013, which can be separated from other types of domestic waste on a conveyor belt.

In order for these changes to take effect, it may be necessary to increase tariffs for waste collection in the capital region, as increased sorting of rubbish and recycling requires different work methods for each type of waste.

Click here to read about a recycling village in Reykjavík.

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