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20,000 Swedes are expected to pick up rubbish today – Sweden

Keep Sweden Rent (HSR) arranges for the second year a real cleaning day for streets, parks and nature. On Saturday, around 20,000 Swedes are expected to participate in more than 100 locations around the country, says Johanna Ragnartz, CEO of HSR. Last year, 5,000 people were included, and we made our way back then, she says.

A real cleaning day after the summer may really be needed. Johanna Ragnartz believes that the garbage bags will be filled by, among other things, disposable cups, candy wrappers, ice cream wrappers, plastic bags, snuff boxes, cigarette packages, fast food packaging, lids and straws, bottles and jars.

That makes 20,000 kilos of garbage, which Sweden keeps clean now hopes to clear away from common areas.

Urban lifestyle degrades

The pickers will find the most disposable materials and finches in urban environments, explains Johanna Ragnartz. This is what is most common, according to the pick analyzes that HSR does when collecting garbage.

It is about our urban lifestyle. We eat and drink and drop our junk.

According to the organization, young adults are the real big consumers of disposable materials. Novus examined last winter, on Hold Sweden Rent's mission, how often we consume food and drink on the move, packaged in disposable packs.

It turned out that every third Swedish between the ages of 1

8 and 29 bought some kind of fast food, snacks or coffee daily or several times a week.

We degrade consciously or unconsciously. For example, many people do not think about debris when they put away a mug or their bag on a bench.

"Paid for cleaning"

Although many also think they have the right to debrief, she explains.

They say "I have paid for cleaning", and mean that they can degrade because they paid taxes. Participants at festivals also often think that cleaning is included in the festival fee.

The disposable packaging is really a waste, she thinks. They are used only for a short time, and often end up in the wild or in the street. But new rules are in place, both for disposable materials and plastic bags.

Plastic bags are not bad in themselves, but a plastic bag that is used for a short time and then ends up in nature is bad for the environment.

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