They've had enough of all the rubbish
It's Friday evening at Gamlegården. A bunch of young people in orange t-shirts go aroung picking up rubbish which they put into the brown paper bags they are carrying.
”Everyone keeps things clean and tidy at home, so it should be like that out here too. How hard can that be?”Amal Ahmed
– There's a place for everyone here. Everyone keeps things clean and tidy at home, so it should be like that out here too. How hard can that be? says Amal Ahmed, a children's nurse who is active in the group from the Islamic congregation in Kristianstad.
Some are carrying notices with texts in Swedish and Arabic encouraging us to take care of the environment.
”We hope to be able to write notices in different languages”Amal Ahmed
– Arab children aren't the only ones who throw away rubbish all over the place, everyone does it. We hope to be able to write notices in different languages, she says.
The group works in co-operation with ABK.
– They think it's great that we clean up. So we can borrow their shovels and bins, says Amal Ahmed.
– I picked up a lot of rubbish here yesterday – it took me two hours, says Wael Haj Kaddour, 11.
– So that everyone can see that the playground is tidy, he says.
”We have little children who put everything they find on the ground into their mouths. It just gets worse and worse”Shazia Khawri
– It's very good that they keep things tidy here. We have little children who put everything they find on the ground into their mouths. It just gets worse and worse, says Shazia Khawri.
The waste-paper basket here is often full. There ought to be more here.
Do you speak to the people who make a mess?
– I've spoken to people many, many times, but the thing is, they don't take it to heart. Everybody must share the responsibility, says Shazia Khawri.
”We appreciate the tenants' initiative”Jonas Rosenberg, ABK
Jonas Rosenberg, head of communications at ABK, says that the caretakers do a tremendous job.
– And we appreciate the tenants' initiative in helping to keep everything tidy, not just during the day, but also in the evenings and at weekends.
”It may be a question of repositioning the baskets that are already there”Jonas Rosenberg, ABK
– As regards the waste-paper baskets, we'd like the women to get in touch with us so that we can see what can be done. It may be a question of repositioning the baskets that are already there, reviewing the sizes, or even setting out new ones.
– And there are more and more of us, says Nadia Elshaubaki.