How to sort?
We need space. We want to dance on our floors and to move around in our apartments. This is especially important here in Iceland where people spend much of their time indoors, and are unable to spend time outdoors for long periods.
Our homes may be full of unnecessary stuff. If you haven´t used something for the last 12 months, it is unlikely that you actually need it. Maybe it is time to tidy up and get rid of unnecessary junk. Then it is a great idea not to purchase more junk, and try to organize the shopping so it does not get out of hand.
What is waste for you, may be of value to someone else. Books can be donated to the town library and metals in our computers can be reused. The world of recycling is a world we are just beginning to discover. It is a remarkable world, where nothing is thrown away, but given new value. The first step is to sort waste within the household, and the whole family should participate.
We advise you to find out which waste categories are accepted in your municipality, since not all waste categories are everywhere in function.
In some municipalities you can get the Blue bin, that is for paper, the Recycling bin and/or the Green bin for mixed categories, such as paper, metals and plastics, but this service does cost, it may be optional in some municipalities and mandatory in others.
Start by sorting newspapers, admail, envelopes etc., put them in a bin or a bag for later delivery to a drop-off center or a recycling center. Paper cartons should be rinsed, folded and disposed of along with the paper. Then start by adding more categories, one by one.
For sorting to succeed, it is feasible to make or to buy containers for the various waste categories. They can be placed in the laundry room, common area or in the garage. If you live in an apartment building, call a meeting and try to get as many as possible to share containers and participate.
Packaging with deposit, such as disposable beverage containers made of glass, aluminum and plastic, are valuables which everyone should recycle. Recycling Ltd. collects such containers all over the country and pays 16 ISK for each packaging.
Batteries are collected at hazardous waste depots (Efnamóttakan) into special containers and can also be disposed of at N1 and Shell gas stations. Hazardous chemicals are to be delivered in closed containers to recycling stations. Care has to be taken to store disintegrating and corroding chemicals in appropriate containers, as they may disintegrate glass or plastics. The best option is to store hazardous chemicals in original containers.
Information about all recycling categories is accessible on our Recycle Map and Recycle Map App. The information is organized according to the the Fenúr labels (green icons) and according to side categories (black and white icons).
Guðrún Arndís Tryggvadóttir, Ingibjörg Elsa Björnsdóttir „Hvernig flokka ég?“, Náttúran.is: May 5, 2014 URL: http://www.natturan.is/d/2014/05/05/hvernig-flokka-eg/ [Skoðað:Feb. 19, 2020]Efni má nota eða vitna í samkvæmt almennum venjum sé heimilda getið með slóð eða fullri tilvitnun hér að ofan.
breytt: Aug. 7, 2015