We have a graduate student from Sweden visiting my office this week, and among various other interesting Sweden-related information, she brought a booklet for the new “green” development, Hammerby Sjostad. Among other interesting features, waste in the development will be collected by vacuum tubes.
Other blocks are connected to the stationary system.
There the waste is collected in refuse chutes which are linked by underground pipes to a central collection station to which the waste is carried by vacuum suction. There the waste is in different containers and when full picked up by trucks. The station is located in the outskirts of the living area, which reduces the noise and pollution in the living area. At the present the system manages combustible domestic waste, food waste and newspaper.