From 1 to 40 properties in 15 years
In Sweden, Ragn-Sells has been helping properties and shopping centres with waste management for many years. One of the people who has been working on this the longest is Tommy at Ragn-Sells City Services in Gothenburg. Here he talks about how the service has been developed in recent years and about the new hub at Gothenburg Central Station.
In its role as one of Sweden’s leading environmental companies, Ragn-Sells contributes to increasing the volume of recycled material and returning the recycled material to society. An important part of the work is also about creating better conditions and making recycling easier for others.
In recent years, the company has developed the City Services service, which offers special solutions for properties and shopping centres. Tommy Mattsson has worked at Ragn-Sells for 15 years and has been part of this work.
Developments have been rapid, with more companies demanding total solutions for their waste, and today logistics and freight handling are also included.
– It’s very exciting to be part of this journey that we’ve been on and will be on in the future. When I started 15 years ago, we had one property that we took care of. Today we help 40 properties in the Gothenburg area, and many more are on the way, says Tommy Mattsson.
New hub at the central station
In March 2020, Tommy helped open the new hub at Gothenburg Central Station. It includes logistics, freight handling, waste management, and consultancy. A one-stop shop.
Thanks to a new waste system, the sorting rate has increased significantly. The new recycling rooms have several compactors that deal with corrugated cardboard, combustible waste, and organic waste. Other waste is weighed and sorted into about twenty different waste fractions.
– In the past, the sorting rate was much worse and it was difficult to obtain statistics at tenant level. But with demands from the property owner, access to better statistics and help from us, they have an incentive to sort better. When we also explain that it will be cheaper, and better for the environment, to sort correctly, most people wake up, says Tommy with a smile.
Tenants at the central station can choose whether they want Ragn-Sells to take care of all waste, or pick up and drop off the waste/goods themselves at the hub.
– We adapt to our customers’ conditions and needs. Sometimes, for example, when they are short on people, they can order a pick-up from us on that particular day. For the tenants, freedom of choice is very important, emphasises Tommy Mattsson.