Waste management in Stockholm Royal Seaport is designed to contribute to a sustainable lifestyle.
Organic waste grinders in kitchens and vacuum waste collection systems make recycling easier, resulting in reduced amounts of waste and reduced traffic, and thereby a more attractive urban environment. Stockholm Royal Seaport is also home to the world’s first automated collection room for hazardous environmental waste.
Organic waste grinders
All kitchens in dwellings, offices, shops, and restaurants are equipped with organic waste grinders in which waste is ground down directly into the wastewater system that in turn leads to a treatment plant. This contributes to reduced traffic in the area because organic waste does not need to be collected by refuse trucks. Organic waste becomes key resources such as biogas and biomanure.
Vacuum waste collection systems and recycling rooms
Residents are able to dispose of waste in separate chutes for residual waste, newspapers, and plastic packaging. Most residents have around 30 metres to their nearest waste chutes. Residual waste is incinerated, and newspapers and plastic packaging is recycled.
Vacuum waste collection reduces traffic, reduces noise pollution, improves working conditions, and saves space in properties. In recycling rooms, which are located in the basements of buildings, residents are able to sort remaining waste for recycling such as glass and metal packaging. Most residents are no more than 50 metres from their nearest recycling room.
Automated recycling rooms for hazardous waste
The world’s first automated recycling room for the collection of environmentally hazardous waste opened in Stockholm Royal Seaport in 2012. The solution is unique and only exists in Stockholm.
- The recycling room is located in a shipping container and contains 50 boxes. A robot opens the boxes one at a time.
- Waste is locked into the boxes and is protected by a fire cell that withstands external and internal fire for a period of 90 minutes.
- Those who wish to dispose of hazardous waste get access by sending an SMS, make a phone call, or scanning a QR code. This opens a hatch with a box in which you can place up to 20kg of environmentally hazardous waste.
- When you have placed your waste into a box, the hatch closes and the robot removes the used box so that an empty box is made available for the next user. Before the room is full, the contractor is alerted to collect the waste.
- There are currently five automated recycling rooms in Stockholm, the newest of which contains 69 boxes. A larger, more modern recycling room is planned for Stockholm Royal Seaport in the coming year.