An island’s utopian dream of trash-free future

Jun 04, 2019, 8:09 AM EDT
(Source: Sjaak Kempe/flickr)
(Source: Sjaak Kempe/flickr)

Bornholm is a humble Danish island with a population hovering around 40,000. This popular vacation destination has a grand vision, “to go trash-free by 2032,” an aim that would require its inhabitants to recycle and reuse every trace of an item in use currently.

The island has no intentions to revive its aging waste incineration plant and has instead worked out a plan that would rely on aggressive recycling, sharing economy, lending and borrowing of goods and services, and inducting students as “resource heroes” to create awareness and encourage zero-garbage lifestyle, writes Mother Nature Network.

BOFA, the island’s waste management company, candidly admits that it is yet to figure out a roadmap to achieve the ambitious target but remains confident that the combination of public participation and new technologies will get it past the line, reports National Geographic.