25 February 2020
While many European countries are struggling to make progress on their zero waste goals, Sweden is leading the recycling revolution...
While many European countries are struggling to make progress on their zero waste goals, Sweden is leading the recycling revolution.
In addition to recycling 99% of locally produced waste, Sweden has also started to import waste from other European countries, such as the UK, Ireland, and Norway.
The amount of imported waste was four times bigger in 2014 compared to 2005 and in 2016 Sweden was already getting paid to receive more than 2 million tonnes of waste from neighbouring European countries.
Although part of this waste goes to incineration plants, the process is more environmentally friendly compared to other countries.
Thanks to the latest innovations in waste-to-energy programs, ash recycling, and smoke filtering systems, one tonne of rubbish burned in Sweden produces 500kg less CO2 compared to dumping them in a landfill in another country.
Moreover, the remaining materials from incinerated waste are used in road construction and the heat goes to more than one million Swedish homes.
Drawing the line, only 1% of that waste ends up in the landfill, which marks great progress in fighting greenhouse gas emissions.
Sweden Now Imports Two Million Tonnes of Waste from European Countries