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Waste Management

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    The state of national infrastructure and facilities for storage, collection, and transportation of solid waste is inadequate. Most enterprises working in the waste management field utilize inappropriate collection technology. Often the operation of waste collection and transport technology is too expensive, so that the poor cannot pay for the service. As a result waste is accumulating on the streets and presents a potential health risk for the people.

  • Umeå Municipality has a total of 19 wastewater treatment plants. The largest handles waste water from households and various companies in the area. Every year, it receives about 13 million cubic metres of waste water, containing 3,000 tonnes of organic material and 80 tonnes of phosphorus. And every day it produces 23,000 kWh of biogas. Umeå’s largest treatment plant manages the waste water of 166,000 inhabitants (including industrial load) and can purify up to 8,100 cubic metres of waste water an hour.

  • Objective

    A new, smart solution for waste management reduces the need for road transport and minimises other environmental impacts. The solution is stationary pneumatic refuse collection, using a vacuum to transport waste through underground pipes, separating different types of waste into different containers. A stationary pneumatic refuse collection system means waste doesn’t need to be collected by truck. Instead, it is transported underground by air in pipes and then compacted in sealed containers.

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    Högdalenverket is one of Europe’s most modern facilities for extracting energy from waste, producing electricity and heat from Stockholm’s combustible household waste and industry waste. This makes Högdalenverket an important component in the district heating network of southern Stockholm. The waste-fired Högdalenverket is one of Stockholm’s largest combined heat and power plants, providing environmentally friendly heat and electricity to large parts of southern Stockholm.

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    Alelyckan Recycling Park was developed as a pioneering facility, where objects regarded as waste are received, repaired, processed and sold on site, creating a circular loop. Alelyckan Recycling Park has a covered sorting hall where trained staff help people sort their waste materials correctly. Items that can be reused are set aside and taken to one of the shops in the Recycling Park. Once this is complete, visitors continue to the recycling centre and dispose of their material in the designated places.

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    One of Falu Energi & Vatten’s businesses is Waste Management. These include the Falu Recycling Plant that takes care of all household waste and a large part of the waste from private sectors in Falun Municipality. Falu Recycling Centre recycle 99% of the waste and the little that remains to end up in sanitary landfill.

    At the plant, there are several different activities:

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    Fågelmyra is Borlänge municipality recycling center. This is where bulky waste is placed. Borlange residents sort their waste into containers or as hazardous waste. All containers are signposted and marked to facilitate the sorting. If you believe that all waste ends up in the same place, you will be mighty surprised if you visited Fågelmyra recycling center.

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    Technology

    At Gimonäs Recycling Center the households can submit their bulky waste, garden waste and the hazardous waste at no additional charge. The municipal company, Vakin, owns and operates seven recycling centers in Umeå municipality and one in Vindeln municipality. Gimonäs Recycling Center is the largest and most visited of Vakin’s eight centers, with about 200 000 visitors per year leaving their bulky waste, garden waste and the hazardous waste for recycling. The service is included in the sanitation fee.

  • Objective

    A world class recycle centre where the households can leave their bulky waste, garden waste, electronic waste and hazardous waste. It is also possible to hand in items for reuse. At the recycle centre at Vattumyren the household can leave different kinds of waste for free. That is a service which is included in the municipal waste fee. There are containers for burnable bulky waste, metal scrap, corrugated cardboard, small electronics and wheels from cars, garden waste, kitchen appliances, concrete and bricks. Inside the building you can hand in your hazardous waste and items for reuse.