Åre introduces public recycling in town as legacy of Åre 2019
© Lisa Johansson

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Åre (SWE) is working to minimise waste and single-use articles. The event has also helped to create a positive legacy for the town of Åre in the form of recycling system. The system will live on after the Championships for the benefit of residents and visitors alike. 

For the past 18 months, Åre 2019 has been working together with the Municipality of Åre and Åre Destination on improving recycling in the public spaces in the town of Åre. 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.. The service will be extended into the other residential centers within the municipality of Åre during 2019.

“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 Åre 2019 FIS Alpine 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.

The recycling solutions and services in the Åre 2019 World Championships Arena will be provided together with the local specialist provider Lundstams Återvinning AB.