Gothenburg set to make it’s city centre single-use free
Inspired by the success of Gothenburg Culture Festival, the city of Gothenburg now aims to become entirely free of single-use plastics. Gothenburg has launched many initiatives to achieve this, including a collaborative effort with local restaurants that encourages people to buy meals and bring them home in their own meal boxes. This is crucial as disposal packaging amounts to 1/3 of waste generated by the people of Gothenburg. Existing waste is also being handled as Gothenburg asks volunteers to pick up litter for recycling with tools provided by the city.
A study on Sustainable Waste and Water at the City of Gothenburg shows that 70% of Gothenburg residents would use recyclable containers at restaurants, if they had heard about the opportunity to do so. The city now provides free guides to restaurants and hotels on sustainability to raise awareness and help businesses implement solutions against single-use waste.
Gothenburg’s initiative supports life below water by decreasing plastic waste (14.1)
Single-use free raises awareness and reduces waste generation through prevention and recycling (12.5, 12.6, 12.8)
Single-use free minimizes the amount of hazardous materials reaching waters (6.3)
Read more about Gothenburg’s sustainable initiatives here