Sweden is leading the way when it comes to recycling and using renewable energy. They have kept up their game so profoundly that they have reached the point in having to import waste from other nations just to keep their recycling plants functioning.
According to statistics, a margin less than a percent of waste from Swedish citizens had been sent to landfill in 2016, along with every year that has passed since 2011.
The Swedes realize how important it is to respect the environment, applying even a hefty tax fine for the use of fossil fuels since the year 1991, and up till now half of their electrical energy and heating systems are comes from renewable energy.
The director of communications for the Swedish Waste Management’s recycling association, Anna-Carin Gripwall mentioned that “In the southern part of Europe they don’t make use of the heating from the waste, it just goes out the chimney.
Here we use it as a substitute for fossil fuel.” In England, the process of recycling is more complicated as each community must find their own ways in dealing of what to do with their recyclables since so many systems exist, one simply does not know where or how to recycle where as opposed to Sweden’s nationwide recycling strategy, which enables a national heating network to equally offer a heating system for each home during the harsh winters they endure.
However, there is a critique for Sweden’s recycling procedure in regards to heating homes, which is that they apparently transport waste to be burnt, rather than always recycling something to its utmost potential.
According to plant managers for paper, they claim that wood fibre is wastes because it has the capability of being recycled up to sex times before its ultimate usage ceases to offer anything more.
A convener from the UK Environmental Law Association’s Waste Working Party, Angus Evers expressed his concern on the matter by stating that if Britain plans on depending less from European nations from now on, especially regarding economic matters, then they will require a far more efficient means and strategy in achieving self-reliance.
“If we have aspirations to be less dependent on Europe, then we need to be more self-sufficient and recycle more,” Mr. Evers stated.