New Law Prohibits Swedes From Littering

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Littering has become a problem in Sweden. But the government is putting an end to this problem by passing a new law which will keep the country clean. Our correspondent in Stockholm has more.

In the summer many Swedes like to go out, meet friends and have a picnic. But outings can get expensive if you don't put your garbage in the right place.

On July 10th, a new law will go into effect in Sweden. People who litter in public can be fined on the spot. The Press Secretary of the Minister of Environment says that the Swedish government wants to tackle the problem.

[Lennart Bodén, Press Secretary, Minister of Environment]:
"Now you can get fined on the spot. We hope that many people will not be fined, but that people will understand it's not okay and that one should throw garbage in a disposal."

The current law already include fines and also imprisonment for up to one year for littering.

According to the newspaper Dagens Nyheter, someone who throws a can of beer, a fast food packaging or a one-time barbecue will be fined about $120 USD.

So what do Swedes think about this?

[Unidentified Resident]:
"I think it is very good. There are many who just drop litter, even elderly people do it."

[Unidentified Resident]:
"There must be other things they can be occupied with."

But there are exceptions to the rule.

[Lennart Bodén, Press Secretary, Minister of Environment]:
"Occasional cigarette butts, bus tickets or chewing gums will be considered as a minor offense so it will not be fined"

With the new law, the government hopes that Swedes can clean up their act.

NTD News, Stockholm, Sweden.
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1 comment

New Swedish littering law is not in any way useful to address the problem with littering, because of two major reasons:

Littering charges are only given for littering paper, cans and bottles, and not for throwing cigarette butts in the park, the street etc. Know days the villain to the environment is not the aluminum canister but the cigarette butt, that rapidly finds its way to our drain out to our water, polluting our river and lakes.

Charging someone for littering only works when “somebody” is looking, but what happens when the police, security guard or responsible citizen are not avaliable - the litter will continues.
No, other measures must be taken to change people’s behavior and attitude, such as introducing fun or rewarding those who do right – maybe something in the middle.

Daniel Esteban
www.environmentinfocus.com
"Writer and editor of environmental issues and problems"
By environmentinfocus 4 years ago