Where is your rubbish going?
02 November 2012 by Joe Jones
Sweden has announced new plans to import 800,000 tonnes of waste every year to feed it's waste to energy plants. More than twenty percent of Sweden's heat supply is produced through waste incineration, but with Sweden households recycling 96% of their waste, there just isn't enough rubbish to go around!
Sweden is well ahead of it's neighbours when it comes to meeting the EU's sustainability directives on waste and recycling. According to a recent Eurostat report Sweden sends seven kilos of waste to landfill per inhabitant. If you compare this to the UK, where we send a massive 260kg per person to landfill sites you can see we've got a lot of room for improvement.
The situation in the UK is improving, particularly in Wales where 48% of household waste was recycled in 2011, and the assembly have set ambitous targets of 75% waste recycled by 2025 and zero waste to landfill by 2050.
More and more of our customers are aware of the impact of waste and setting ambitous commitments to reduce the waste generated and increase the amount of waste recycled. Don't forget to talk to us if you want some help translating these kind of ambitions into results.
Just in case you were wondering by the way, 260 kilograms is the average weight of an adult Zebra.