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Swedish town to dig up, sort 40-year-old rubbish

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Swedish town to dig up, sort 40-year-old rubbish

Due to the construction of a new heating plant in central Sweden, a 40-year-old rubbish tip must be unearthed – with authorities intending to duly sort the trash out before building begins.

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Heden, a town in central Sweden’s Karlstad, houses a decades-old rubbish tip which is set to be removed in the lead up to the construction of a new heating plant planned for the town.

However, the rubbish, which dates as far back as 1970, will need to be sorted out when it’s unearthed.

While digging up the waste from six metres below Heden may be a lengthy process in itself, the post-digging sorting may not even be the biggest concern for those

involved.

“Heden is an old rubbish tip and when we dig it up it will smell a bit. Not so much that the public will be disturbed, but we who are working here will notice,” said Per Ajaxson of the Karlstads Energi company to Sveriges Radio (SR).

The heating plant that will be built on location will be erected on poles, which will be dug 20 metres into the earth.

Household waste including home electronics, timber, clothes and newspapers are expected to be uncovered, none of which was sorted for recycling back in the seventies and eighties.

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