Resource usage is an area in which AF Bostäder has considerable possibilities to make a positive impact. Using smart and efficient solutions, AF Bostäder creates good conditions for waste sorting and recycling.
“Our customers are among the most sustainability-conscious on the planet,” says Rose-Marie Stolpe, ex. Property Manager at AF Bostäder. “In order to offer students good conditions for sustainable everyday life, and to achieve changes in behaviour, we work in a long-term, systematic and targeted way. And, of course, we thoroughly evaluate our measures.”
AF Bostäder has a target that 50 % of total waste is to be sorted. In 2017, 51% of the total amount of waste was disposed of as unsorted residual waste, and 49% was sorted for recycling. The company offers easily accessible waste sorting adjacent to all housing. As the students seldom have cars, there are also facilities where tenants can leave old furniture, electronic waste and other bulky waste, which the caretaker can then take away.
AF Bostäder also runs several projects, such as clothes collection in cooperation with Human Bridge, collection of single-use barbecues and deposit can collection boxes, which is an idea from one of the tenants to make it easier for those who want to hand in deposit cans and those who collect them. A project is being run in cooperation with Fimpfritt Lund to reduce the number of cigarette butts left on balconies and in courtyards.
“A lot of information is needed, both to encourage people to take responsibility for their waste and to make sure waste is sorted properly,” says Rose-Marie Stolpe. “Our caretakers spend a considerable amount of their working hours keeping the waste stations in order. That’s why the information campaign “Don’t waste the waste” was created. Using upbeat messages on the website, in social media and in competitions, we have highlighted that the waste stations exist, and what you do when you are there.”
“We have also rebuilt our waste stations to freshen up the surroundings where you throw your waste away, adjusted procedures so that containers don’t overflow and improved possibilities for waste sorting in corridor kitchens,” says Rose-Marie Stolpe. “The latest in a long line of initiatives are AF Bostäder’s new Waste films. The package includes educational information films that explain the benefits of waste sorting, and an attention-grabbing horror film – The Wasting – about unsorted waste that comes back to take revenge.”
“The films have attracted a lot of attention, both from customers and colleagues in the housing sector,” says Rose-Marie Stolpe. “The films have been shown at our corridor contact meetings, on social media, during visits to schools and at the student housing conference, Studbo, where the initiative received a good response.”