Smell of garbage spreading through central Bergen: “It stinks so badly” 

Fish Market BergenPhoto: Marit Hommedal / NTB
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The smell of garbage is becoming a problem for people living close to the Fish Market in Bergen. The Municipality cannot promise to do anything about the problem until next summer.

People living close to the Mathallen and Fish Market in central Bergen told the newspaper Bergens Tidende that a stench of old seafood and food scraps from a waste container regularly spreads through the area.

Pål Eide Hansen, who runs the tourist ship Eric Bloodaxe, says that tourists are frightened by the smell.

“I see people come over here and then just run away because it stinks so badly. And we stand here several hours a day selling tickets,” Hansen said.

Affecting work

The smell makes the workplace unpleasant. Sailors have become ill and have gone home from work because of the stench of rubbish, Hansen added.

The routines at the Fish Market are that the rubbish must be sorted at the source. The Urban Environment Agency in Bergen believes that unauthorized persons are throwing rubbish in the container, but Hansen says videos show square employees throwing away food waste.

“I cannot confirm that employees are to blame, but human error happens. There are a lot of employees at the Fish Market and Mathallen,” advisor Mette Rekk Alsager at the Urban Environment Agency stated.

The Municipality says a new garbage system will be in place next summer.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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