Q&A on the recycling of food waste at KI

Find answers to common questions about sorting food waste at KI and plans for continued implementation at all of KI's premises.

The first phase of implementation takes place at Aula Medica and the administration building in Solna from 4 September to 6 October 2023.

Questions and answers will continually be updated during the implementation. Can’t find the answer to your question? Complete our Mentimeter survey or e-mail your question. 

The Facilities Office and environmental coordinators will be evaluating the success of the programme in the administration building and Aula Medica in October. A plan will then be drawn up for implementing the food waste recycling programme throughout KI. It is hoped that the programme will be up and running before 1 January 2024.

  • Raw and cooked food scraps
  • Fruit and vegetable peel
  • Egg shells and seafood
  • Tea leaves, coffee grounds and paper teabags and coffee filters­
  • Kitchen roll/uncoloured serviettes (which are also good for soaking up moisture in the bag).
  • Fill the bag to only two thirds of the way up.
  • Let wet waste drain in the sink before discarding in the bag.
  • Wrap sticky food in a piece of kitchen roll.

See also the instructions posted in the kitchens and dining rooms.

Cleaning staff will be emptying the bags daily. 

  • Coloured kitchen roll/serviettes
  • Cut flowers, potted plants and soil
  • Large meat and fish bones
  • Chopsticks and ice-cream sticks
  • Chewing gum and tobacco (snus, cigarettes, etc.)
  • Coffee pods.


Remember that there are separate bins for paper, plastic, glass and metal in every kitchen or dining room. Recycle more!

Carelessly recycled waste degrades the quality of the recycled material. At the very worst, the waste will not be treatable as intended and KI will risk a fine if it happens on a large scale.

To start with, the cleaning staff will be emptying the food waste daily.

To start with, the cleaning staff will be emptying the food waste daily.

No. Put your food waste in one of the bags available in the nearest kitchen or dining room.

Roughly one third of all household waste is food waste, which can be converted into fossil-free fuel for buses and environmentally friendly agricultural fertiliser. (Sources: Solna stad municipality and The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency)

No. Food waste, like all other waste fractions, is handled separately in our environment stations and refuse rooms and collected regularly by KI’s waste contractor.

Solna municipality will oversee its removal to an anaerobic digestion plant for conversion to biogas and bio-fertiliser. (Source: Solna stad and Sopor.nu)

We will have a clearer idea of the total cost after phase one has been assessed in October, as well as how the costs will be distributed.

KI will use the Swedish Waste Management’s signage system, which is based on a Nordic initiative to create recognition and simplify recycling in a wide range of businesses. (Source: Swedish Waste Management)