Area: 6,519 km2

Population: 2.16 million

Density: 331 inhabitants/km2

GDP: 58190 per capita in €

Amount of MSW (2011): 460 kg/capita

Academia: SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden

Business: Envac AB

Public authority: Municipality of Sundbyberg


The Stockholm Region has a Vision to be the most attractive metropolitan region in Europe.   The region should be fine to live in, and it should be attractive to visit and invest in. It should be a favorable environment for many different kinds of activities. When we reached our vision, we use our conditions the best way. When viewed the region as interesting, important and well integrated into the international networks. One of the regions all-embracing goals is that the region should be resource efficiant. To achieve the specific goals of resource conservation and supply, the region must primarily reduce waste and use waste as a resource.


Municipal waste management


  • Waste collected: 245 kg/capita/year
  • Waste recycling: 48%
  • Waste energy recovery: 51%
  • Waste to landfill: 1%

System of source separation at household level


The source separated waste is collected either at home, so-called curbside collection, or transported from households to central collection points, such as recycling stations and recycling centers. Curbside source separation systems for food waste, packaging and newspaper, WEEE and batteries are available. Recycling centers are manned and waste generators have the ability to sort all its source separated waste, excluding food waste, at this place, also bulky and hazardous waste. There is 27 recycling centers in the region. Some also provides collection of functioning clothes and furniture for re-use. Recycling stations are unmanned recycling points where waste generators have the ability to sort source separated packaging and newspapers covered by producer responsibility. 754 public recycling stations in the region. Systems available in the region; Collection of bin and bagwaste, food waste source sepration systems, packaging, newspaper, paper, bulky waste, batteries, hazardous waste, WEEE, clothes & textiles, furniture.


Key needs and aspirations in innovative waste management


  • To reduce the per capita amount of waste generated;
  • To avoid mixture of hazardous waste with other waste streams;
  • To ensure better re-use of products;
  • To recycle at least 50% of the municipal solid waste;
  • To increase the production of bio-fertilizer and biogas;
  • To limit energy recovery to waste that cannot be re-used or recycled;
  • To encourage active participation of all stakeholders in better waste management