HB Grandi waste sorting station now open

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HB Grandi’s Svanur waste sorting station has been formally opened at its Nordurgardur location in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The company says that the addition of the waste sorting station to the company’s facilities - along with new buildings for new workshops and a packaging store - makes it possible to maintain all of its activities in Reykjavík at a single location without the need for rented space.  

“The reason for the company’s decision to embark on building this waste handling facility is simply that we feel that we have a duty to treat our environment with as much respect as we can,” said HB Grandi CEO Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson. “Our experience in Vopnafjördur has showed us that with a waste sorting station such as this one, we could avoid the need to dispose of a great deal of recyclable material. We simply want to demonstrate the will to make this happen, and that’s why this building is here. Although there will undoubtedly be a few Icelandic krona that come in for everything that goes to be recycled, this will hardly come close to meeting the running costs, let alone the initial costs.”

Mr Vilhjálmsson said that the keen interest of the company’s staff in the opportunities waste sorting offers will be harnessed to reduce the volume of material that needs to be disposed of or otherwise wasted as far as possible.

The name of the facility was chosen in a competition run among HB Grandi staff, and the committee was unanimous in choosing the Svanur (Swan) name for the station.

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