10 September 2014

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Sweden 99 percent garbage waste produced recycles towards zero waste nation

Sweden 99 percent garbage waste produced recycles towards zero waste nation

Sweden to become zero percent garbage waste country 99 percent recycled

Today less than one per cent of Sweden's household garbage ends up in landfills

Swedish citizens also produce the same amount of waste per year as other European countries but, less than 1% of household trash ends up in landfills.

Sweden got the 32 waste to energy plants which recycle all types of garbage

WTE plants work by loading furnaces with garbage, burning it to generate steam which is used to spin generator turbines used to produce electricity.
That electricity is then transferred to transmission lines and a grid distributes it across the country.
Electricity produced via WTE provides approximately 950,000 homes with heating and 260,000 with electricity.

Sweden imports garbage from the UK, Italy, Norway and Ireland to feed the country’s 32 waste-to-energy (WTE) plants

At the core of Sweden’s program is its waste-management hierarchy designed to curb environmental harm: prevention (reduce), reuse, recycling, recycling alternatives (energy recovery via WTE plants), and lastly, disposal (landfill).

Example of a good law -

As per Swedish law producers are responsible for handling all costs related to collection and recycling or disposal of their products.
If a beverage company sells bottles of pop at stores, the financial onus is on them to pay for bottle collection as well as related recycling or disposal costs.

From year 1970 Sweden started their journey towards this goal

Today Sweden even buys the garbage from other nations

What happens in India?

Supreme Court says that Government will take 200 years to clean river ganga as per government policy

Reality views by sm –

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tags – Sweden Recycle Garbage Policy


Sandhya September 10, 2014  

They are importing garbage from other nations to feed their recycle plants? Great. Thanks for the information, sm.

DWei September 10, 2014  

Yep. I couldn't believe this either when I first read it.

Destination Infinity September 10, 2014  

Excellent work done by the Swedish govt. and citizens. Time for all countries to follow their example. India should at least start taking some concrete steps towards proper waste disposal/management.

The first step to anything related to waste management is Source Segregation of Organic and Inorganic waste. Organic waste needs to be composted at home and inorganic waste needs to be recycled as much as possible. Without this, no waste management is possible.

Destination Infinity

lina@women perspective September 11, 2014  

My country should learn from Sweden.