Property-close source separation of hazardous waste and waste electrical and electronic equipment - A Swedish case study.

Anna Bernstad, Jes la Cour Jansen, Henrik Aspegren

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Abstract

Through an agreement with EEE producers, Swedish municipalities are responsible for collection of hazardous waste and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). In most Swedish municipalities, collection of these waste fractions is concentrated to waste recycling centres where households can source-separate and deposit hazardous waste and WEEE free of charge. However, the centres are often located on the outskirts of city centres and cars are needed in order to use the facilities in most cases. A full-scale experiment was performed in a residential area in southern Sweden to evaluate effects of a system for property-close source separation of hazardous waste and WEEE. After the system was introduced, results show a clear reduction in the amount of hazardous waste and WEEE disposed of incorrectly amongst residual waste or dry recyclables. The systems resulted in a source separation ratio of 70wt% for hazardous waste and 76wt% in the case of WEEE. Results show that households in the study area were willing to increase source separation of hazardous waste and WEEE when accessibility was improved and that this and similar collection systems can play an important role in building up increasingly sustainable solid waste management systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)536-543
JournalWaste Management: international journal of integrated waste management, science and technology
Volume31
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Chemical Engineering

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