How few unpopular decisions and persistent political leaders led to the creation of the most logical waste management system in the world?

We keep providing good communal services to our residents, we take a big pride in the quality of our actions. says Kristin Engholm, coordinator for the City of Helsingborg in the south of Sweden. Kristin keeps her eyes on the road while driving a small and handy electric car from a city fleet. The woman picks me up in the morning from the train station and shares a plan for my visit with a big enthusiasm – Firstly, I will take you to our landfill. Well, technically, it’s just a pile of old rubbish, because we do not store new ones anymore. But you’ll see what else we do with them, you’ll be delighted! We’ll go somewhere for lunch later. You probably don’t eat meat?

I come to Sweden to explore how the cooperation between a city, it’s residents and universities build a truly green cities. The capital city, Stockholm, was announced the first European Green Capital in 2010. The European Commission appreciated the city for its efforts to improve air and water quality, develop a green energy. 

I keep hearing about pristine clean water in the centre of the capital city. I am testing these works this evening. I am swimming in the center of Stockholm, surrounded by dim city lights and covered with a quilt of stars in the sky. The water is crystal clear and extremely cold. It is an amazing night…


The original article was published here in MAGAZYN PISMO on 1 July 2020.