Sweden offers innovative solutions and extensive know-how in waste collection and recycling. We are the global leader when it comes to dealing with and recycling waste. The waste-to-energy systems we have developed have given waste a value.

 

 

Sweden has extensive and efficient waste management systems in place and municipal waste in landfills is almost non-existent. About 99,3 % of all household waste is recycled or recovered as energy, putting Sweden at the top in this area.

Waste as a resource

Our waste is treated in integrated systems and recycled as district heating, electricity, biogas, biofertilizer and materials. Different treatment methods are used depending on the nature of the waste so as to make it possible to use the waste as a resource.

Incineration is a method ideally suited to waste that cannot be recycled in any other way. It is an efficient and environmentally safe method for recovering energy from waste, and provides both district heating and electricity in Sweden.

Sweden recovers more energy from each tonne of waste than any other country.

Our waste management systems are being developed continuously, and are the result of long-term, persevering work, in particular on the part of municipalities and their companies in cooperation with private players. It has required risk-taking to develop new technologies and taken courage to make large, but essential, investments in infrastructure.

Sweden’s vision of ‘zero waste’ by 2020 permeates all levels of its waste management and the collection of source-separated food waste.


Related Best Practices

Extended Producer Responsibility in Sweden: Towards better waste management

Extended Producer responsibility (EPR) is a governmental policy and a Swedish law that aims to better waste management and collection. The Swedish system shifts the waste management cost or physical collection fully from local governments to producers. The policy applies to different goods such as packaging, newsprint, electronic products, batteries, tires, end-of-life vehicles, pharmaceutical waste, stray radioactive products and radioactive sources.

Dåva Cogeneration Plants

Dåva CHP is one of the world’s most energy efficient and environmentally friendly plants with waste as its main fuel. Here we produce district heating and electricity from sorted waste and residues from the forest industry.

Energy symbiosis in Händelö Eco Industrial Park

On the small island of Händelö, a part of the city of Norrköping in East Sweden, there is a remarkable energy symbiosis where the surplus from one company is used as an input to a neighbouring company. Everything is based on green energy!

Filborna Combined Heat- and Power Plant

The Filborna waste-to-energy plant is run by Öresundskraft, the municipality of Helsingborg’s wholly owned energy company. Commissioned in 2013, the plant incinerates a total 160,000 tonnes of waste (RDF) per year in its 70 MW boiler, producing steam for district heating and electricity.


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