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Garbage Cans Overflow in Reykjavík

It’s been one week since waste has been collected in Reykjavík, and garbage cans on the city’s streets are overflowing. Around 1,850 City of Reykjavík employees who are members of Efling Union have been on a general strike since February 17, partially or fully shutting down services at many preschools and primary schools, as well as affecting welfare services and waste management. All garbage collection services are suspended as a result of the strike, including from residential buildings and public spaces.

In a notice to residents, the City of Reykjavík stated recycling can be disposed of at SORPA drop-off centres around the city. Mixed household waste can be disposed of at recycling centres “if the situation in residents’ trash storage rooms is dire.” Residents will be charged for mixed household waste in excess of two cubic metres.

Sorpa’s website provides a list of recycling centres and drop-off points.

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