United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Sweden

Thank You Mr Chairman,
Sweden allies itself with the intervention made by the European Union
yesterday.
Production and consumption lead to large quantities of waste.
Mismangagement of waste has large negative impact on our health and
it contributes to emissions of climate gases. Sustainable waste
management is therefore a necessity.
In Sweden we have a strategy on non-toxic and resource-efficient lifecycle
flows of materials and products. The strategy is linked to the
Swedish environmental objectives. It includes prevention of waste,
changed patterns of consumption, more efficient production methods and
waste management with a greater focus on recycling. The strategy looks
at materials and products throughout their life-cycle in order to provide as
complete a picture as possible of their environmental impact. A
sustainable recycling needs information on the content of chemicals in
the waste material. We therefore very much welcomed the initiative and
resolution taken within SAICM at ICCM2 to initiate cooperative action on
the emerging issue on information on chemicals in product.
Sweden considers it important to see the waste as a resource and has
taken many measures in order to minimise landfilling of waste and
instead treat the waste through different forms of recycling and recovery.
For example only 4 percent of the household waste in Sweden is sent to
landfills, while the rest is used as a resource in different recycling and
recovery processes. Measures to stimulate recycling and recovery are
producer responsibilities for packaging, waste paper, vehicles and
electronics. We have deposit systems for drinking containers. Bans and
taxes for landfilling of certain waste streams and recycling targets for
waste materials. We stimulate digestion and use the biogas as a fuel in
buses and taxi cars.
To succeed in a sustainable waste management we believe that it is
important to have an infrastructure which enables collection and
transports of waste in a systematic way which is easy for consumers and
waste collectors. Waste management is an important part of the concept
sustainable cities. We believe that technology transfer and education on
knowhow is important in this area and we work actively with technology
transfer in the environment field.
Sweden considers it important to comply with the rules in the
Basel Convention and the ban amendment in order to reduce the
negative aspects of transboundary movements of waste. As we all
know and have heard from many delegates at this meeting this is
a huge and growing problem in many countries, for example with
e-waste. This problem is serious and we welcome the initiatives
taken under both the Basel Convention and within SAICM. At our
national level we are about to take decisions on how to get the
authorities to co-operate better on the supervision of exports on
waste and we also participate in the network on coordinated
supervision within the EU called impel.
To conclude, Let me also take the opportunity to welcome you to a side
event on the need for information on chemicals in products in order to
enable sustainable recycling. The side event takes place on Thursday
lunch in room 6.
Thank you for the attention!
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