Almost everything we consume will one day be waste. At current rates of consumption and growth waste streams are set to rise substantially. IVL deploys surveying, evaluation and analysis strategies to handle current and future waste issues.

In recent decades waste management practices have made considerable progress. As more goals, policy instruments and measures have been introduced, public environmental awareness has increased. Waste is no longer seen as merely garbage but as a valuable resource. But if we are to handle an ever-increasing volume of waste, we must shift into a higher gear.

At IVL, a dozen people are concerned with waste issues. Our particular focus is on identifying food, textile and construction waste streams, and analysing the volumes of waste generated by various types of activities.

Obstacles and opportunities

We also perform environmental and economic impact assessments in connection with waste management, and evaluate different methods of collecting and treating waste. We are fully engaged in developing control means and supply policy makers with data. An important task is to identify obstacles and opportunities for more sustainable consumption and to correlate behaviour with waste management planning. In addition we also strive to increase waste sorting and recycling by, for example, evaluating different types of collection systems and producer responsibility.

Waste concerns everyone

A lot of our customers are municipalities, government agencies and companies in Sweden, but we are equally active in the international arena, particularly with EU-funded research. Waste affects everyone and everyone can do something to cut down on the amount we produce, not only industry and but also municipalities and households.