Sustainable Business Hub

From Table to Soil – a Holistic Approach to Waste Management

The municipality-owned waste plant NSR works with developing all stages of waste management for six municipalities in southern Sweden. NSR refers to its holistic approach to waste management as ‘from table to soil’, which incorporates various aspects of recycling, from smart kerbside waste collection to turning food waste into fuel and biofertilizer.

NSR (Nordvästra Skånes Renhållnings AB) manages waste from 330,000 residents in the municipalities of Helsingborg, Höganäs, Bjuv, Åstorp, Ängelholm and Båstad. The waste plant was established in the late 1980s and over the years it has gone from being a landfill site to a waste management company focusing on lifestyle change and waste prevention, with the goal of enabling a sustainable and recycling-based society.

Convenient kerbside waste collection

NSR was a pioneer in introducing kerbside collection of waste, which facilitates the sorting of different fractions by allowing many households in the region to sort waste into at least eight fractions in bins in their own garden. The number of apartment buildings provided with this solution for separation at source is also increasing. All trucks used to transport waste run on fossil-free biogas.

Less than two percent goes to landfill

The basic idea is to regard waste as a resource and find solutions for reusing and recycling it to the greatest extent. The waste is transported to NSR’s plant in Helsingborg, which is the company’s logistics hub. The various materials are then transported to paper mills, smelters and other industrial facilities in Sweden, and overseas for recycling. This results in less than 2 percent of waste going to landfill.

In addition, to minimise greenhouse gas emissions from landfill, the cities of Helsingborg and Höganäs have a network of pipelines and wells that draw off the gas, which is then used to produce district heating.

Industrial park recycles food waste

The Vera Park industrial area, which has developed out of the NSR plant, works with businesses in the recycling sector. One of these is a biogas plant where food waste is converted into fuel used by buses in Helsingborg and biofertilizer that’s pumped via pipelines to local farms. Vera Park is also described in a separate best practice on this website.

Another aspect of the plant’s sustainability development is handling and separating different types of water; storm water, leachate, surface water and groundwater. No water leaves the plant without being tested for contaminants, after which it goes to treatment plants to be reused.


Similar Best Practices

The Intelligent District Heating System

The Intelligent District Heating System

In Karlshamn a rewarding collaboration has been going on for many years between several actors who together have created a sustainable and intelligent district heating system. The system, which is controlled using the latest technology in AI, is constantly evolving to help create a future sustainable energy system.

It´s innovation through collaboration!

Tvärpilen – a small residential area, big on sustainability

Tvärpilen – a small residential area, big on sustainability

In the small village, Kivik, in the southeast of Sweden, you find the new residential area, Tvärpilen, where the Beautiful, the Sustainable and the Responsible come together in perfect combination.

Fossil-free steel demonstration plant in Vitåfors (Gällivare)  – direct reduction of iron ore pellets with hydrogen

Fossil-free steel demonstration plant in Vitåfors (Gällivare) – direct reduction of iron ore pellets with hydrogen

HYBRIT’s demonstration plant in Vitåfors will demonstrate the value chain for fossil-free steel on an industrial scale. It includes production of hydrogen and of sponge iron by direct reduction with hydrogen. The plant is planned to be ready in 2026.

Fossil-free steel pilot plant in Luleå – direct reduction of iron ore pellets with hydrogen

Fossil-free steel pilot plant in Luleå – direct reduction of iron ore pellets with hydrogen

HYBRIT is conducting trials on direct reduction of iron ore pellets, using hydrogen produced by fossil-free electricity. HYBRIT is also building a pilot hydrogen storage to test the best way to store hydrogen underground.

Haraholmen – a green industrial park where sustainability is key

Haraholmen – a green industrial park where sustainability is key

Haraholmen is an industrial park where sustainability is key. The site uses renewable energy, welcomes companies with green profiles, and is a hub for resource-efficient transportation with access to roads, railways, and a deep-water port.

Markbygden 1101 – Europe’s largest onshore wind farm

Markbygden 1101 – Europe’s largest onshore wind farm

Markbygden 1101 is the largest onshore wind power project in Europe. Once completed, it will consist of up to 1101 wind turbines that together will produce up to 12 TWh per year. This is comparable with around 8% of Sweden’s electricity production.

Site East –  a climate neutral construction site

Site East – a climate neutral construction site

At Skellefteå Site East, close to Northvolt’s factory, conditions are created to create the most sustainable development project ever. By maximizing the cutting edge know-how of both Skellefteå municipality and external partners, Skellefteå Site East is a source of inspiration for the industry. Both in terms of the courage to dare to think and act in new ways around sustainability, and in working together with contractors towards a common vision.

Skellefteå Airport – a green airport

Skellefteå Airport – a green airport

At a time when the global aviation sector is facing increasing demands to get on a sustainable flightpath, one airport in northern Sweden has gotten a head start with an extensive vision that has led them to become one of Europe’s and probably the world’s first fossil-free airport. At the same time the airport is now preparing to become a testcenter for electric powered and vertical-starting aircrafts.

Blue Green City Lab evaluates blue green solutions

Blue Green City Lab evaluates blue green solutions

In times of more extreme weather caused by climate changes the downside with dense cities with fewer green spaces and more paved surfaces is showing. Extreme heat, flooding and reduced biodiversity, we all see it. However, blue green solutions have a positive impact. Blue Green City Lab is the testbed that evaluates new and proven solutions.

Siptex – Groundbreaking Textile Sorting

Siptex – Groundbreaking Textile Sorting

Siptex is the world’s first large-scale facility of its kind. It sorts textiles by colour and fibre composition using near-infrared light, allowing it to handle large flows and produce textile fractions suited to different recycling processes.

Ohboy, the Bicycle house!

Ohboy, the Bicycle house!

Cykelhuset Ohboy (Ohboy, the Bicycle house) is designed, built and owned by the architects Hauschild + Siegel. When owning the process from the sketch table to the finished product these architects really can follow up on their vision and align the product with their original plans.

Augustenborg Botanical Roof Garden

Augustenborg Botanical Roof Garden

With its 9500 sqm the Botanical Roof Garden of Augustenborg is an ever-evolving testbed of urban greening. Here you get to see more than 20 different solutions for greening a rooftop, from the most extensive green roofs to biosolar solutions and even a rooftop kitchen garden.

My Visit Plan Favorite star