Sweden, the Scandinavian country has run out of the garbage. In order to keep its recycling plants running, the country has to import garbage from other countries.
Sweden, the Scandinavian country has run out of the garbage. In order to keep its recycling plants running, the country has to import garbage from other countries. Sweden reportedly gets almost 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy. It was among the first few countries which implemented heavy taxes on fossil fuels in the year 1991. The recycling plants are so capable in Sweden that almost negligible amount of household waste goes to landfills now.
The country has managed to make the recycling so cohesive as a system that, while private companies are the ones who are involved in the import and burning of waste, the energy produced is used for a heating network which is made to heat households during extreme winters, according to an Independent report. The municipalities in the country have made investments in futuristic waste management systems like automated vacuum technique in houses. This method has removed the need for collection and its transportation. Additionally, underground container systems have led to the freeing up of road space and reduce smells.
But the system has become so good that it is out of garbage now, and has been importing it for the recycling plants.According to an Al Jazeera report, Sweden had imported 8,00,000 tonnes of garbage in the year 2014. Other European countries like Belgium, Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands have been following suit. The system in Sweden is so visionary only due to their culture of environmental awareness.
Anna-Carin Gripwall, director of communications for Avfall Sverige, the Swedish Waste Management’s recycling association told The Independent, “Swedish people are quite keen on being out in nature and they are aware of what we need do to nature and environmental issues. We worked on communications for a long time to make people aware not to throw things outdoors so that we can recycle and reuse.”
Interestingly Gripwall added, “There’s a ban on landfill in EU countries, so instead of paying the fine they send it to us as a service. They should and will build their own plants, to reduce their own waste, as we are working hard to do in Sweden.”