Hammarby Sjöstad

Hammarby Sjöstad
Project executed by
Envac Scandinavia AB
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Every year thousands of visitors come from all corners of the globe to study the sustainable solutions in Hammarby Sjöstad. The vacuum waste collection system by Envac is a critical part of the district’s sustainability program.

When the district was planned the environmental objectives for the waste management were:

  • to reduce the total amount of household waste by at least 15% between 2005 and 2010
  • to reduce waste collection by heavy vehicles by 50%
  • to increase source separation and recycling

To achieve these objectives five automated vacuum waste collection systems has been installed in Hammarby Sjöstad. At Envac we are proud to say that one of the results of the vacuum system is that the traffic with heavy waste collection vehicles has been reduced by 60%.

Another difference between the automated vacuum waste collection system and the conventional manual collection origins from another customer demand, that the new system would be so attractive that its central location in the residential district would be accepted by the residents.

This is why the Envac inlets in many of the blocks are clearly visible in central courtyards, right next to playgrounds, bike sheds and gardens. Not only does this make them a natural convergence point for residents, it also provides a social check on how the system is used.

The area will be completed in 2020. By then all buildings around Lake Hammarby will be served by automated vacuum waste collection systems.

Envac have delivered three stationary vacuum systems to the district and two mobile vacuum systems. The five systems will serve around 13.000 apartments and approx 20 000 inhabitants.

The basic information shown in "Facts" includes all five vacuum systems:

  • Norra Hammarbyhamnen/Barnängen (1982)
  • Hammarby Gård (2005)
  • Lugnet/Henriksdalshamnen in (2007)
  • Sickla Udde/Sickla kaj (2000)
  • Fredriksdal in (2016)

Seven Self-Emptying Litterbins were added to the system in the small harbour Henriksdalshamnen in 2012.

Basic project information
Project startup1997
In operation since2000
Project completed2020
Basic system data
Type of systemStationary Vacuum System
System subtypeSVS 400
Application areaResidential area
Design capacity20 tons per day
Number of fractions4
Number of inlets670
Type of wasteGeneral waste / Rest, Food/Organic waste, Paper, Street litter