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Friday, June 24th, 2005, 02:07 PM
Waste mountain 'must be tackled'

People are still not doing enough to recycle and reduce the UK's waste mountain, the government has warned.

The week-long nationwide "big recycle" campaign is being launched as new figures released estimate that 60% of all household waste could be recycled.

But the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) estimate contrasts with only 14.5% of household waste in 2002/2003 being reused.

Environmentalists say local councils must do more to increase the figure.

Green campaigners have been buoyed by the news that, according to Defra, the amount Britons recycle has grown by 11% in the last year.

But they say that, with a target of recycling 30% of waste by 2010, there is more to be done by local authorities, individuals and companies.

Thousands of local schemes, from composting food scraps to recycling paper in schools, have already been set up.

At the campaign launch of the big recycle, now in its second year, Minister for Recycling Ben Bradshaw will call for the launch of more innovative schemes.

"There is no doubt that it is becoming easier to recycle in the UK and that people are becoming increasingly keen to do so," he said.

"However, there is still room for improvement."

'Tougher targets'

But environmentalists have told BBC News the government needs to take more of a lead.

Friends of the Earth's Martin Williams said the government should set "new and tougher targets" for local councils.

"Local councils have done well to meet targets the government have set already but those targets haven't been ambitious by international standards," he said.

Keith Taylor, of the Green Party, said: "The government can help more by getting more councils towards zero waste strategies.

"It can do this by rolling out more doorstep collections of recyclables nationally.

"They can also increase the number of different products that get collected."

The big recycle will be launched on Friday by four-time Olympic rowing champion Sir Matthew Pinsent.

Uwe Jens Lornsen
Friday, October 12th, 2018, 04:48 PM
Sweden is said to have some kind of high household garbage recycling rate ,
that it needs to import two million tonnes of garbage waste from other mainly
European countries , to keep it's furnace heating system going in big cities ,
as for example Gothenburg , which imports 140 thousand tonnes annually from Norway .

These figures are from year 2011 and therefore outdated .

They burn the garbage to heat water, which is then piped to homes and offices.

The problem is that too many of those facilities have been built, and according to one expert
who talked to the newspaper Göteborgs-Posten,
in a few years Sweden will have a 2 million ton over-capacity for garbage incineration.


The solution has been to import wastes from abroad, last year more than 600,000 tons, mostly from neighboring Norway.

Of more than 500,000 tons burned last year at a facility in Gothenburg, the newspaper writes, 140,000 tons came from Norway.

The Norwegians are apparently pleased, as they have lagged behind in switching from landfill to heat production. This is a European problem, as it’s estimated that every year 150 million tons of garbage gets sent to landfills across the continent.

In fact, in November, Swedish Television News reported that the garbage crisis filling the streets of Naples could be solved by shipping the stuff off to Sweden. A Norwegian-British consortium was exploring the possibility of sending 100,000 tons of Italian wastes to Scandinavia, using ships whose cargo holds would otherwise be empty for the return journey to the north.


Another more recent article :

close to half of Sweden's household trash — is burned in the nation's 33 waste-to-energy, or WTE, plants. Those facilities provide heat to 1.2 million Swedish households and electricity for another 800,000 ...

in Sweden because half of the nation's buildings now rely on district heating, in which they're warmed by a common heating plant instead of running their own boilers or furnaces ...

(In 2014, the country reportedly received $800 million to dispose of 2.3 million tons (2.08 million metric tons) of other countries' waste ..


Elsewhere I have read about 43 big bucks for a metric ton , but above says 400 US-$ for a metric ton .. Not bad !

Eurostat statistics from 2015 : Sweden imports combustible waste and wood :
https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/images/8/88/Top_3_types_of_treatment_and_the_top_3_e xport_and_import_countries_for_the_top_1 0_notified_non-hazardous_wastes_according_to_the_Europe an_LoW_classification%2C_2015_%28tonnes% 29.png
From page https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php?title=Waste_shipment_statistic s_based_on_the_European_list_of_waste_co des

Germany and The Netherlands seem to be happy to burn their Brit's shit with gladness , too ...