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Recyclable beverage container programme a success

2014-12-22, kl. 13:48

Machines and containers for bottles and cans to be redeemed for deposit which have been set up at Swedavia's airports have collected over 70,000 Swedish kronor for Doctors Without Borders during the first eight weeks of operation. The first figures to come in are for three airports, which together have taken in 1.7 tonnes of bottles and cans for redemption.

This also means that the involvement of Swedavia's customers has enabled 1.7 tonnes of bottles and cans to be recycled instead of leaving the airport as waste for incineration, as was previously the case.

"This is fully in line with the work to achieve our environmental objectives. For every aluminium can redeemed for deposit, 90 per cent of the energy required to make a new one is saved," says Lena Wennberg, environmental manager at Swedavia.

Tove Möller, who is the project manager and heads the work for diversity and gender equality at Swedavia, says, "It is fantastic that the recycled beverage programme is such a success. It means the container deposits have a healing effect in the important work that Doctors Without Borders carries out in the world. It feels especially nice now when it is Christmas."

Rickard Andersson at the recycling organisation Returpack is also pleased that the collection of beverage containers at the airports is off to such a good start.

"It is really wonderful that we have finally got the programme to collect recyclable beverage containers under way at the airport. Even though it is only the start of our collaboration, together we have already collected more than 70,000 bottles and cans for the benefit of Doctors Without Borders."

"The collaboration between Swedavia and Returpack to redeem beverage containers is off to a great start. A big thanks to everyone at Swedavia who is involved and helps make this possible," says Katharina Ervanius of Doctors Without Borders in Sweden.