Collection System's Impact on Environmental Performance of the Waste Management System

Conference Dates

June 5 – 10, 2022


A law proposed by the Norwegian Environmental Agency requires municipalities to obtain a separation rate of 70% of food waste and plastic waste from households within 2035. The separation rate of waste seems to be affected by the collection system. For example, separation rates for plastic packaging waste spans from 17 to 58%. Average higher separation rates are obtained in municipalities with plastic sorting in separate container or large transparent bag compared with sorting in colored bags and an optical bag sorting system.

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