Swedish supermarkets to stop selling disposable barbecues

Coop, ICA and Lidl are among the Swedish supermarket chains that will no longer stock disposable barbecues, due to environmental concerns as well as fire risk.

Swedish supermarkets to stop selling disposable barbecues
Disposable grills became very popular in Sweden. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

However, this decision only concerns purchases of new grills. Stores will continue to sell the disposable barbecues they have until they run out of their current stock. 

“It is based on our sustainability strategy and the consumer's reduced interest in disposable grills,” Claes Salomonsson, spokesperson for Axfood, which owns the chains Hemköp and Willys, told the TT newswire.

He said that around half the stock had already been sold, adding: “By next summer, the grills will be gone.”

The one-time barbecues will not be sold at all in municipalities where there is a fire ban in place.

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Fire bans are usually introduced by municipalities during a period of warm, dry weather, when open fires such as barbecues could easily spread. Forest fires ravaged the country last year and the government enforces fire bans as a preventative measure, with those who flout them subject to prosecution.

Stockholm County had a fire ban in place throughout much of June, but it is up to each municipality whether to enact such bans and how strict to make them; for example, whether it also applies to designated 'safe' public grilling spots.


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