Sweden generating growing amounts of plastic waste

Sweden generates up to 40 per cent more plastic waste than five years ago, according to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. (iStock)
There’s been a big rise in how much plastic waste Sweden produces, up 40 percent in just the last five years.

The new figure comes from a study by the Environmental Protection Agency. This includes all plastic being thrown away, including that from factories and farms.

The EPA says there is a lack of systems to allow building firms, industrial operations and hospitals to separate plastic from other waste. In addition only a minority of local municipalities have places to collect plastic items such as old garden furniture or plant pots.

It warns that burning plastic is making it harder to reach the climate goal of zero net emissions by 2045 at the latest.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Youth in Arctic Canadian town take aim at grocery store’s plastic use, CBC News

Finland: Citizens’ initiative prompts Finnish lawmakers to consider microplastics ban, Yle News

Norway: Norwegian cruise company phases out single-use plastics from its Svalbard establishments, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Russian Navy sends clean-up team to Arctic trash dump, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Swedish raft made from trash draws attention to plastic pollution, Radio Sweden

United States: Industry launches campaign to free oceans from plastic… how serious is it?, Alaska Public Media

Mona Hambreus, Radio Sweden

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