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Post by Ben Reilly on Fri May 31, 2019 9:51 pm

Sweden is so good at recycling that, for several years, it has imported rubbish from other countries to keep its recycling plants going. Less than 1 per cent of Swedish household waste was sent to landfill last year or any year since 2011.

We can only dream of such an effective system in the UK, which is why we end up paying expensive transport costs to send rubbish to be recycled overseas rather than paying fines to send it to landfill under The Landfill Tax of 1996.

The UK has made strides in the proportion of waste recycled under an EU target of 50 per cent by 2020. This has underpinned hundreds of millions of pounds of investment into recycling facilities and energy recovery plants in the UK, creating many jobs. We’re not quite at that target yet. Recycling in the UK peaked at around 45 per cent of all waste in 2014.

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/sweden-s-recycling-is-so-revolutionary-the-country-has-run-out-of-rubbish-a7462976.html

The article goes on to say that the waste is burned to run a government heating program during the long winters. Funny that the government found a way to make use of all these resources, and not some brilliant businessman.

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Post by eddie on Fri May 31, 2019 10:00 pm

This is inspiring. Love it!

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Post by veya_victaous on Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:44 am

this how it is meant to work
some nations invest in the infrastructure
than sell a service to others

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Post by nicko on Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:13 am

Where you been hiding Veya, thought you'd emigrated to England Laughing
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