The recycling system in Sweden is so incredible that it is having to import waste from other nations just to keep it’s recycling plants open.
For several years now, Sweden has had to import waste from other countries in order to keep their recycling plants open. Furthermore, last year only 1% of their annual waste went to landfill which is just as commendable. This is a great example to set as many European countries in particular are choosing to export their waste rather than paying fines for sending it to landfill. The problem is that this situation should never have arisen in the first place as all countries should be making the maximum effort to clean up their acts and recycle everything that’s “recyclable” – which is pretty much everything!
Sweden are already a few generations into creating a culture of incredibly environmentally cautious people. As one of the first countries to implement heavy taxes on fossil fuels, now almost 60% of their electricity is sourced from renewable energies. Even their currently vacant waste incineration plants produce enough electricity annually to feed 300,000 homes with electricity, and a further 950,000 homes with heating.
Weine Wiqvist, CEO of the Swedish Waste Management and Recycling Association says:
This is an example being set to the rest of the world, particularly the rest of Europe. The EU currently has a ban on landfill waste and so other nations must pull together to build better equipped recycling plants as exporting waste to Sweden is only a temporary measure, which should be considered a strong message to get our skates on.
And as a result of their speedy evolution in waste management, the Swedish municipalities are already investing in highly advanced waste collection technologies. These include underground waste disposal networks that keep their streets clean and smell free, and even automatic vacuum cleaners in residential areas – removing the need for the collection and transport of waste.
Anna-Carin Gripwall, director of communications for Avfall Sverige, the Swedish Waste Management’s recycling association, says Sweden will not freeze to death when the EU stops exporting waste either, as they already have extensive supplies of bio-fuels as an alternative.
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