How does the waste tariff affect sorting?

Thank you for the interesting discussions at the second SUB100 digital meeting of the year, where we let two completely different topics come together in an interesting new alloy: tax assessment and digitalisation.

At this digital meeting, we had the privilege to listen to Jenny Westin of Swedish Waste Management Association and Andreas Svendsen of the City of Mölndal. The main conclusion from Jenny Westin's world survey seems to be that Residual waste will multiply in cost within the next few years. Therefore, it will pay off more and more to find and use methods to reduce the amount of residual waste. Environmentally managed tariffs are one such tool.

"Waste management is in a period of change, where stricter legislation means that the role of the tax as a steering tool will probably also change. I believe that the way in which the tax will be able to develop as a steering tool is strongly linked to access to digital solutions," says Jenny Westin.

From the city of Mölndal, examples of innovative ways of tax setting were shown. Here, a "progressive residual waste tax" has been introduced, with the aim of increasing the sorting of Food waste and packaging and thus reducing the amount of Residual waste from multi-family dwellings. The tariff was introduced in March this year, and its impact will be evaluated in Mölndal's Recycling room digitisation project.

"Level measurement projects, linked to tax setting in different parts of the country, give us an understanding of the effect of the tax on sorting. This then allows us to have sharper dialogues with our politicians about the design of the governance."

"All municipalities should be interested in this, if it can be shown statistically that low rates on combustibles result in more combustibles, it is extremely valuable knowledge", says Andreas Svendsen.

Finally, Bintel presented the overall picture of the SUB100 group Recycling room, now about 500 Recycling room in a dozen municipalities. Here the correlation between the level of environmental management of the tariff and the waste sorting rate was demonstrated. An example of how data can be used to evaluate the tools offered by the sector. 

We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting after the summer, where we guarantee new interesting presentations and discussions.

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