Foto: Oda Hveem

Collecting waste from doorsteps

People with a history of substance abuse often struggle to find work. The risk of individuals with such backgrounds relapsing is high, particularly among those who are unemployed. A connection to work is important to staying drug-free.

Medarbeiderne offers people with a history of substance abuse meaningful, salaried work. The company’s employees are often recruited immediately after receiving treatment for substance abuse and receive a normal salary from day one. The company sets requirements for its employees in line with those set by normal employers.

Medarbeiderne offers a collection service for glass and metal packaging, deposit bottles, small electrical waste and textiles for households on a subscription basis. Through its “Flytt & sjau” service, the company also offers heavy loading/unloading services, house/garden clearances, waste collection and removals. In 2020 the company launched a cleaning service through

2019 social results:

The figures in brackets are the corresponding figures for 2018.

  • Employees with a history of substance abuse in a permanent role: 25 (14) (the total number of employees with a history of substance abuse was 35)
  • FTE employees from target group: 15 (7.7)
  • Average percentage of a FTE role worked per employee: 60% (55%)
  • Amount of waste collected (in tonnes): 314 (119.2)
  • Number of employees no longer dependent on the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (i.e. employed full-time): 7 (3)

About the company

Founded: 2012
Number of employees: 41 (37 have a history of substance abuse)
Founder: Chris Klemmetvold
Type of entity: Non-profit limited liability company