• microwave for warming baby food
  • cans and plastic bottles
  • empty your drink and ice here
  • straws and plastic lids
  • cups
  • burger boxes, happy meal boxes, etc. cardboard stuff. flatten it first.
  • trays
  • food leftovers
  • everything else

Swedish McDonalds

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Recycling has been a way of life in Scandinavia for decades, but this Swedish McDonalds takes garbage sorting to a new level.

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Every McDonalds' I've been to in Sweden (which is most certainly not all of them) feature some sort of recycling wall where the garbage used to be. It is second nature for customers to sort their garbage when they're done. There are different variations of the recycling wall - sort more detailed than others.

Peter Guthrie, anabananasplit, and 5 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. mike1727 82 months ago | reply

    About time there was a eurolaw enforcing this in each country. There's nothing like this in the UK.

  2. sprocketscientist 82 months ago | reply

    Nice, but does this really beat the aesthetics of our McDonalds' single, simple, gaping maw of a garbage hole?
    McDonald's is world-wide right? So... if they can institute this in Sweden, why can't/don't they do it here? Is it only because they aren't forced to? With "green" being the new black seems like McD's USA marketing dept would want to get right on this.

    I can't remember where I read it, or who wrote it, but I thought this idea was funny: in 10,000 years, when people are excavating our ruins, they're going to find fast food garbage cans and learn that "Thank You" means "trash"

  3. Mikael Colville-Andersen 82 months ago | reply


    This reminds me of the story last year when McDonalds in the States said that they couldn't reduce the level of trans fatty acids and then a Danish scientist showed up and said... um... you already have in Denmark...

    Last year Denmark became the first country in the world to introduce restrictions on the use of industrially produced trans fatty acids. Oils and fat are now forbidden on the Danish market if they contain trans fatty acids exceeding 2 per cent.

    McDonalds in the States had to backpedal drastically.

  4. Ted Ullrich 81 months ago | reply

    sprocketscientist makes a good point,
    McDonalds in USA would love to do this. but the biggest hold-up with instituting recycling laws is that the recycling infrastructure needed to support them (recycling facilities and the trucks to transport materials) do not exist in every town. all the mcdonalds here in atlanta could have this sorting station, but at the end of the day each bin would be emptied into the same dumpster and hauled away.

    to make matters worse, the US is not setup to be efficient. for recycling, this means either sorting more plants or more dependence on expensive oil to drive trucks between every location.

    simply put, a symbol with three arrows on packaging means nothing unless the service is there to do it.

  5. hsjosten 38 months ago | reply

    It's been like this for a long time in Sweden. According to mcdonalds.se, they started doing this in the early 90's. And the recycling rate is now at 90% and growing. *pats on our backs*
    But seriously, others should have had the time to catch up..

  6. LoveloBicycles 23 months ago | reply

    McDonald's UK has all its waste cooking oil converted into biodiesel which it then uses to fuel the trucks that deliver the food to the stores, which is quite neat.

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