Gårdstensbostäder – from socially challenged to role model district
Gårdsten in Gothenburg shows how innovation, persistence, commitment, cooperation and participation have reversed the trend in a vulnerable urban district. Since Gårdstensbostäder was founded in 1997, crime has halved, people are now queueing for accommodation and 1,500 new homes are being built with various forms of tenure.
Waste incineration at Högdalenverket
Högdalenverket, which is one of Europe’s most modern installations for energy extracted from waste, produces electricity and heat from Stockholm’s combustible household waste and industry waste. Högdalenverket is an important component in the district heating network of southern Stockholm.
Efficient wastewater treatment at Käppala, Stockholm
Käppalaverket is one of the world’s most efficient wastewater treatment plants, treating wastewater from more than 500,000 people in Stockholm. Biogas is extracted from the sludge that remains after the purification process, and used as vehicle fuel for public buses in Stockholm.
Underground waste management
Thanks to a stationary pneumatic refuse collection system, the garbage doesn’t need to be collected by trucks anymore. Instead, the garbage is transported by air through pipes, where it is compacted in sealed containers. Using a vacuum system instead of an old-fashioned refuse room or waste container does away with problems with unpleasant odours, and nobody needs to come into contact with waste bags or containers.