Believe it or not, Sweden’s recycling is so revolutionary that it has run out of rubbish and is having to import it from elsewhere in order to keep their recycling plants running.
Their system is so far ahead of most other countries because of the culture of looking after the environment that less than 1% of Swedish household waste was sent to landfill last year or any year since 2011.
Whilst the UK has made strides in the proportion of waste recycled under an EU target of 50% by 2020, recycling in the UK peaked at around 45% of all waste in 2014, so we are not quite there yet. But until our system is as effective as Sweden’s, rather than pay fines to send rubbish to landfill, we will continue to pay expensive transport costs to send rubbish to be recycled overseas.
To find out more about the Swedish system and read the full article, please click here.