NSR / Vera Park
NSR / Vera Park
In Helsingborg, we’re not only working to reduce and recycle today’s waste, we’re also exploring how we can mine an old landfill to extract valuable resources suitable for re-use and recycling. At the same time, we’re removing pollutants that can leach back into the environment, while also freeing up valuable land. Since 2017, excavating and sorting machines have been busy digging out and sorting the masses – so far about 6,000 tons, an amount equivalent in size and weight to about 50 giant blue whales. From this, we’ve looked into the separation of, among other things, iron and other metals for recycling, construction materials for re-use, and burnable materials for incineration to create energy and district heating. Recently, we had a major project in Helsingborg where we tried mining a particular landfill, a site where filling stopped in 2003. This masses lie on top of an older landfill that was started in 1951. The old landfill consists of around 11 million cubic metres of waste, making it one of the largest household waste landfills in Sweden. We’re testing, for example, how good different types of sieves – usually used for material such as garden waste and stone – are at handling waste.
“Through both studying the subject and working on site, my commitment to this issue is constantly growing. It’s hopeful to explore how we can extract the valuable resources buried in our old landfills – both to reduce the environmental impact of our waste and to understand and calculate the immense value we have in our landfills.”
– Samuel Svensson, Environmental Engineer at NSR
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