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Recycling centre on the river to continue in Gothenburg

The floating recycling centre, which has been operating on the Göta älv river, will remain afloat for an extended period. This was confirmed following the conclusion of the City of Gothenburg budget for 2020. “There is a lot of interest being shown from both the general public and politicians that we maintain a good waste management system that is fit for purpose,” says Marianne Erlandsson, Director of Administration at the Recycling and Water Department, City of Gothenburg.
Foto: Peter Årnes, Kretslopp och Vatten, Göteborgs stad

More than 2,500 people visited the floating recycling centre when it docked at the central berths in Gothenburg for a few weeks in the autumn. It has now been determined that the barge will continue to operate into the spring of 2020 with the aspiration that it will become a permanent part of Gothenburg’s recycling system

"It is good that the city showcases our development work. Today, the floating recycling centre is part of the DenCity project, which develops and tests solutions for sustainable passenger and freight transport." 

Gets to continue

If the city is to meet its set environmental and climate ambitions, life needs to be made easier for Gothenburg citizens when recycling their waste. In line with the budget decision, therefore, more recycling stations are needed, which means the floating recycling centre on the river will be allowed to continue. As a result, it will make access possible to the recycling centre by bike, trailer or on foot at the same time as reducing the burden on existing facilities. (City of Gothenburg budget 2020). 

We have allocated more than SEK 1.3 million for 2020 to cover the development work. The lion’s share will go to operating the barge,” continues Marianne Erlandsson, Director of Administration Recycling and Water Department, The City of Gothenburg.

The city will be assessing the results of the initiative with the floating recycling centre in the autumn. It will then be determined whether the barge solution will become part of the city’s overall recycling station solution and thereby be included in regular operations or not.