The Recyclable Legacy

Åre are to make public recycling a key legacy of the 2019 World Ski Championships

The Swedish hosts of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships this winter have announced that a recycling programme, being put in place for the event ,will continue indefinitely afterwards on the resort as a ‘legacy’ of the Championships.

Åre 2019 has been working to minimise waste and reduce single-use articles, and for the past 18 months has been working together with the local municipality and the ski resort management on improving recycling in the public spaces of Åre.


Work is underway in preparation for a green World Ski Championships in Åre, Sweden (pictured above)

The work has resulted in the purchase of new recycling containers and services for the public areas by the Municipality of Åre, that will be implemented in time for the Championships and will be extended into other residential centres within the wider municipality.

“Åre 2019 has been working very proactively and intensively on the sustainability of the Championships, and we are happy to certify the event as Eco-labelled event”

confirmed Malin Larsson Salo, responsible for the certification at Håll Sverige Rent (Keep Sweden Tidy).

A total of 50,000 meals will be served during the World Ski Championships. As one of the ways to reduce waste and minimise the number of disposable articles during the Championships, Åre 2019 has chosen to operate its own kitchen. This kitchen will prepare meals for all the volunteers and staff, as well as the media and VIP guests. By assuming responsibility of the entire process from procurement to waste management of the food and beverage provision, Åre 2019 organisers can ensure that as much as possible is recyclable and compostable, that food waste is minimised through targeted procurement and careful meal planning, and that all packaging and food waste is recycled.

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