Full employment for Swedish crows

Crows are being recruited to pick up discarded cigarette butts from the streets and squares of a Swedish city as part of a cost-cutting drive.

The wild birds carry out the task as they receive a little food for every butt that they deposit in a bespoke machine designed by a startup in Södertälje, near Stockholm.

“They are wild birds taking part on a voluntary basis,” said Christian Günther-Hanssen, the founder of Corvid Cleaning, the company behind the method…

Günther-Hanssen estimates his method could save at least 75% of costs involved with picking up cigarette butts in the city.

Important consideration in the pilot program is making certain the birds aren’t affected by the poisonous crap in cigarettes.

Would be a positive if the fools still smoking cigarettes figured that out, someday.

Thanks, Honeyman

2 thoughts on “Full employment for Swedish crows

  1. Heckle & Jeckle says:

    The birds can participate “as much or as little as they wish,” said founder Christian Günther-Hanssen.
    More than 1 billion cigarette butts are tossed on to the streets of Sweden, according to the Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation, constituting half of all of the country’s litter. It costs Södertälje, the city where the startup was launched, 20 million Swedish kronor (or more than roughly CAD$2.7 million) to clean its streets. The startup could save at least 75 per cent of those costs, Günther-Hanssen estimated .
    The pilot project relies mainly on corvids, a family of birds that includes crows and ravens, in urban environments. They are ideal because of their intelligence and ability to understand the concept of trading litter for food. They also already live in cities, meaning they don’t have to be removed from their natural habitat. Currently, Hooded Crows are participating, but Magpies and Jackdaws may soon join.
    “The only human involvement is to empty the bin and refill the food. Even during the training the birds only interact with the bin,” he explained. https://nationalpost.com/news/wild-crows-trade-cigarette-butts-for-peanuts-to-keep-swedish-streets-clean
    See also “The feeder that trains birds to PAY for their food: Crow Box teaches corvids to collect coins in return for peanuts” https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2982961/The-feeder-trains-birds-PAY-food-Crow-Box-teaches-corvids-collect-coins-return-peanuts.html
    Crowbox: http://www.thecrowbox.com/ includes video, plans and instructions

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