The Environmental Code therefore requires all municipalities to have a waste management plan, covering both what the municipality is responsible for and other types of waste. The waste management plan must describe the long-term objectives and measures planned by the municipality to reduce the volume and hazardousness of waste and to provide information on all waste that is generated within the city. The waste management plan makes up one part of the municipal waste management regulations, the other part consisting of regulations. The two parts of the plan may be updated at different times.
The purpose of the waste management plan is to have a strategy for how the City of Stockholm and other actors work in the area of waste – in planning new areas, reviewing building permits and supervising environmentally hazardous activity, as well as determining how residents, businesses and other organisations should manage their waste.
The plan focuses on household waste, that is to say, waste arising in households and similar waste from businesses. But it also contains objectives relating to other waste. This plan does not indicate any objectives specifi c to the City of Stockholm’s own operations; these can be found in the Stockholm Environmental Programme 2012-2015. Risk analyses of the city’s waste management system are not dealt with in the plan.