With the increasing demands of the Swedish national goals the municipality of Halmstad chose optical sorting of household waste.
The main reason for chosing optical sorting was how easy the system could be introduced.
Different coloured bags that do not leak are thrown in the same waste bins as before. With optical sorting there is no need for replacing the bins nor replacing the waste trucks.
The plant is owned and operated by HEM (Halmstad Energi och Miljö AB). It’s built for two fractions, food and rest, with the option to easily extend it to six fractions. The brand new building also contains a pre-treatment facility for the sorted food waste, which becomes biofuel.
Capacity 27 000 tons/year
Resources Food and Rest
Users 94 000
The plant has a capacity to grow in case Swedish municipalities will be responsible for collecting packaging.
Hopefully it will sort more fractions and receive waste from other cities in the future.
The choice fell upon optical sorting, because it could be introduced with a minimum of efforts for the company and the households