The students can hand in waste such as batteries, electronic devices, light sources and bulky furniture in the Green Room, which also has the popular recycling shelf where objects disappear just as fast as they are handed in.
The students would like to have circular solutions in connection with their housing. In a questionnaire survey in 2020, 76% of the tenants said that is highly likely that they would be willing to sell or hand in used furniture and household utensils for recycling.
“To inspire an increase in re-use, we launched the first exchange shelves in 2020, and their usage soon sky-rocketed,” says Louise Halén, Sustainability Coordinator at AF Bostäder. “The students can hand in things that are intact and clean, and take something nice home with them, all for free.”
“The exchange shelf is really good,” says Alice who lives at Marathon. “Not least for new students or international students, who don’t bring very much with them. We save money, we don’t have to get furnishings delivered from the store and many people like that things are recycled. The most popular items are books, plates, glasses and office chairs, but I have friends who have furnished an entire home with items from the Green Room.”
“I got a tip about the shelf when I moved in, and a lot of us have a look in every day. Certain things circulate in the areas. Christmas decorations that someone has tired of can end up with someone else the next year. I have probably taken more than I have handed in, but when I move out, I will nevertheless hand in more, and the exchange continues,” concludes Alice.
Latest update June 1, 2022