Sweden’s Recycling Program Works So Well They’ve Run Out Of Garbage

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” Chris Maser wrote these words in Forest

Primeval: The Natural History of an Ancient Forest, and they all too accurately describe our global situation. We live our lives selfishly, and the consequences can be seen all around us. We buy new cars while our neighbors have medical bills they cannot pay. We waste our food by throwing it out or eating in excess, while millions starve. Perhaps worst of all, however, are our atrocities against the environment. We take and we take. We don’t give back. We watch our earth fall apart, and we wonder when someone will fix it for us.

AMAZINGLY, ONE COUNTRY IS TAKING MAGNIFICENT STEPS TO RECTIFY THIS IMBALANCE.

EVEN MORE MIRACULOUS?

These steps are working. In Sweden, over half of all electricity is created from renewable sources. They have been heavily taxing fossil fuels for twenty-five years. They boast a recycling system so effective that less than one percent of household garbage ended up in a landfill last year.

HOW ON EARTH DOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN?

It all starts with the values of the population. “Swedish people are quite keen on being out in nature and they are aware of what we need do on nature and environmental issues. We worked on communications for a long time to make people aware not to throw things outdoors so that we can recycle and reuse,” said Anna-Carin Gripwall, director of communications for Avfall Sverige, the Swedish Waste Management’s recycling association. You will not see Swedes littering or skipping the recycle bin, and the reason is simple. They value their environment. They make it a priority to maintain its beauty and health.