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IPFS News Link • Sweden

CROWS are 'paid' in food for picking up litter in Sweden after they were trained...


Crows will be sent to pick up discarded cigarette butts and other forms of litter from the streets of a Swedish city.

The wild birds are being trained through a step-by-step process to pick up rubbish and place it into a machine which will dispense food for them in the city of Södertälje.

The method is part of a pilot project called 'Corvid Cleaning' by The Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation and aims to lower the costs of street cleaning in the city.

Christian Günther-Hanssen, the founder of the company, estimates the use of crows could save Södertälje, which currently spends 20million Swedish kroner (£1,601,518) on street cleaning, at least 75 per cent of costs.

He also said the wild birds were 'taking part on a voluntary basis' and were 'easier to teach' than other birds.

He told the Swedish news agency TT: 'They are easier to teach and there is also a higher chance of them learning from each other. 

'At the same time, there's a lower risk of them mistakenly eating any rubbish.' 

As part of their training the crows are taught to pick up the cigarette butts and throw them into a special vending machine.

The vending machine, which will be able to tell the litter apart from other items such as stones and leaves, will then reward the bird with food.