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 Companies

AB Evergreen Solutions

Evergreen Solutions focus is on standardised plants which are available in sizes for up to 400 people.

AB Joraform

Since 1990, Joraform has developed and marketed compost machines for local composting of domestic waste.

ACO Nordic AB

ACO Nordic offers complete plants for treating wastewater and runoff systems for rainwater recycling and a number of other water and wastewater products.

Again AB

Again offers the best technique available on the market today for nutrient recycling from your household wastewater streams.


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.

Combined Heat and Power Waste Incineration Plant

Händelöverket is one of Sweden’s biggest and most modern power plants and it supplies Norrköping and Söderköping with heat and power. It also supplies process steam to Agroetanol for the production of ethanol.

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.

Linköping Biogas plant

Large scale anaerobic digestion of both industrial and municipal biodegradable waste with production of high grade bio-methane for the transport sector.


Related Visit Programs

Circular economy

Circular economy is all about a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. Unlike in todays linear economy, in a circular economy we see everything as a resource for something else – waste doesn’t exist. How do business models need to change to suit a circular economy? What does this new way of thinking mean for the business community? How can profitable business models be combined with social and environmental responsibility? How can we design products right from the beginning, and do things even better, instead of just less bad?

Destination Stockholm Clean Tech

This program gives you an overview of the environmental technology in Stockholm. It includes a visit at the center for Sweden’s leading R&D activities in the field of wastewater treatment, as well as one of the world’s most well-known examples of sustainable city development.

Energy

Perhaps the world’s greatest challenge is to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, mainly fossil carbon dioxide. Several exciting and new innovative ways to replace fossil energy are under development in the area, such as the Algae pilot and Bioendev.

Energy symbiosis – 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 a input to a neighbouring company. Everything is based on green energy!


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