The domestic garbage containers are of course
an important part of the system. We are currently working
with potential sponsors to finance the containers, as there
are no such founds in the municipality.
Among the different alternative material solutions, it seems
most feasible to use "costales", polypropylene woven
bags, for the different waste fractions. These are relatively
durable and represent by far the lowest production costs.
We work with Sacos Agro Industrial, a leading manufacturer
of industrial strength bags, to develop a set of suitable
containers for organic and inorganic waste. Furthermore, we
eventually want to develop containers for recyclables such
as glass, paper, aluminium and plastics.
There are basically two different ways of handling the containers:
Empty the waste in the trunk or bringing the whole container.
To benefit from the compression of the waste in the bags (the
garbage trucks have no compression system), we have chosen
to bring all the containers. The workers on the truck will
leave one empty bag for every full one they bring. The bags
are therefore designed with a sealing system that is easily
According to the existing system, everyone has to pay 50
centavos (about NOK 0.5 or USD 0.07) for every bag of waste
upon delivery. We will change this system and make the waste
collection fee part of the monthly water and electricity