In this week’s webinar we were offered a glimpse of the source separation system used in the municipalities of the Grenland region in Norway as well as source separation and waste minimization initiatives on a national level.
Mr. Erik Høines, Head of development at Renovasjon i Grenland IKS (RIG), highlighted achievements, planned advancements and future targets in MSW recycling. He gave an overview of the history of waste management and how deeply it is interconnected with economic and technological developments along with rising ecological awareness and laws.
RIG is the intermunicipal company responsible for waste collection covering 4 municipalities in the Grenland region. RIG develops and executes the source separation system, administrates waste collection tenders for households and operates waste collection and recycling stations in the region. RIG has currently extended the source separation system to collect glass and metal packaging, with ID marking and household waste bins having recently been launched as a new initiative.
Mrs. Hildegunn Iversen, CEO of LOOP in Norway shared insights on source separation and waste minimization practices. LOOP is an NGO supported by private and public entities in the waste management industry. They have coordinated a national initiative on a new colour coded labelling system for source separation that aims to make it easier for disposers to separate correctly.
LOOP also operates a national communication platform www.sortere.no, for waste management, source separation and recycling, covering both MSW and commercial waste. The platform provides a national overview on waste management and relevant regulations, source separation practices, waste categorisation and marking, and guidelines on collection and recycling of packaging materials, EE waste and other fractions.