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Recycling, from the jamboree dustbin, to the fuel tank of your car!

1st Aug 2011

It’s official. All the food garbage from the 22nd World Scout Jamboree can produce enough gas to drive a car nine times around the world! In 1519 when Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastián Elcano undertook to circumnavigate the world, it was a suicidal mission. In fact, Magellan lost his life, along the way.

Today, with modern technology, and thanks to biogas from an event such as the 22nd World Scout Jamboree, such a circumnavigation can be done much faster and more cheaply.

We learnt this as we interviewed Dennis Skold, the coordinator of recycling at the 22nd World Scout Jamboree. Dennis’ normal job is geotechnical engineering, which is totally different from what he is doing at the jamboree. Nevertheless, he developed interest in recycling through Scouting, and he has been involved for the last 6 years.

At the jamboree site in Rinkaby, food garbage is collected and sent to a processing plant, where it decomposes and produces gas. Some of the challenges that were encountered are related to sorting. However, in a bid to overcome this hurdle, the team is raising more awareness.
According to Dennis “At the beginning, very few people on the camp site knew that we could reuse all the garbage and make energy out of it. But we are trying to spread the information on the importance of getting energy from what we throw away”.

The jamboree management has partnered with SITA – an environmental company – on this exercise. This makes it cheaper for the jamboree team to get rid of the garbage while providing gas to strategic stakeholders.

According to the jamboree sustainability policy, it is stipulated that absolute minimum of waste will be left behind. The 22nd World Scout Jamboree is the first eco-awarded Jamboree.

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