the Swedish Recycling Revolution
With the growing infrastructure, construction, and development a lot of countries are drowning in its garbage, and still stuck with million tons of trash generated every year, the reason why waste management comes as a key component to solve all those issues.
Sweden is one of those countries which revolutionized the way it tackles waste, it is considered as a global leader in sustainable waste management .
Furthermore, the country consistently works to decrease its greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency and increase public awareness. Over the past 10 years, less than one percent of Sweden’s household waste goes into the landfill dump, and the rest is recycled in different ways. To fulfill this, the country changed its perspective of garbage.
So what did Sweden do differently?
First of all, the country invest (Ajouter un “s”) in Waste to Energy:
The country has adopted a recycling policy which burns 99% of waste, and funnels all the energy generated into the national heating network.
The energy produced, heats homes across the country during the long winter months.
Then the Government support :
In the early 90’s, the Swedish government moved the responsibility for waste management from cities to the industries producing materials that would eventually turn to waste. To support burning waste for energy, the government gives incentive taxes to companies .
Finally ,Sweden is intending for a zero-waste society. This takes the country’s recycling revolution one step further–from dumping rubbish in landfills to recycling then to reuse.