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A short presentation of the Waste hierarchy

The waste hierarchy is a European model with clear guidelines on how to deal with waste in the best possible way. Look at the steps and read the short description below.

Förebygga – Preventing waste

The best option! It´s simple but it might take some planning. In you everyday life you can do loads to prevent waste: 

  • Bring a water bottle with you
  • Make sure you eat all food you buy
  • Eat in the restaurant, avoid take out!
  • Bring your own bags to the supermarket
  • Choose products that are without packaging
  • Buy quality products, things that don’t break easily 

Återanvända – Reuse

Try to mend or fix things that´s broken, give away things you don’t use, buy and sell second hand, make old clothes into rags for cleaning, reuse your plastic bags as many times as possible or upcycle your old clothes/furniture for a more modern look.

Materialåtervinna – Recycle

All packaging, all magazines, all fabrics/clothes/sheets, books and wood can be recycled. In Uppsala you can also recycle fat! Visit our ÅVCs!

Energiutvinna – Energy recycling/Burning waste

All waste you throw in combustible waste (hushållsavfall/brännbart) is burnt to create heat for district heating or long-distance heating of houses and electricity. It’s better than a landfill but more than half of the waste burnt today could have been recycled. That’s really a way to waste our resources!

Deponera – Landfill

Keeping waste in one place might prevent it spreading out, but it is not sustainable in any way. Look higher on the steps.