Corridor living: kitchen duties 2006 October 17Posted by @jennyjenjen in Corridor Living, Helpful Hints, Home vs. Sweden.
“Kitchen duties” is a nice way to put it. In my hall, we call it something else:
Yeah, I was Kitchen Bitch this week. It entailed putting away dishes that were on the drying rack, taking out trash and recycling, and mopping and sweeping the floor at the end of the week. It’s really not that strenuous work at all, but taking out the trash is really disgusting – you’re emptying what twelve people are leaving in the trash cans.
Recycling in Sweden can get pretty hardcore. There’s compost, metal, cartons, plastic cartons, glass, batteries, and burnable (everything else). It reminds me of Boulder because recycling is pretty big there, too, but the sorting is mostly done on the consumers’ end, not once it gets to the recycling plant (like in Boulder). It’s pretty neat that people are very concerned about stuff like that, though.
Most of the recyclable items can be left in a large trash/recycling room in the building. The rest – like the plastic bottles and aluminium cans in which sodas come – can be taken to the grocery store for “pant,” a refund of small amounts of change (1 kr for .5 liter plastic bottles, 50 öre for cans, 4-5 kr for larger plastic bottles).
All in all, being Kitchen Bitch is not as difficult if you’ve got a corridor that largely cleans after itself. I’m hoping that this remains true throughout the rest of the term and into the next, as it’s pretty nice having the cleanest corridor in Flogsta.