Everyone has their own definition of waste. For our purposes here, we will consider waste to be things that have been discarded, abandoned, or quite simply, waste we generate from our bodies. This part of the exhibition serves as a reminder that all of the processes operating in a modern human civilisation do not end there. There is a significant effort to manage and clean up the waste that we are constantly generating.
The places of waste that we can see from space are primarily where we collect and gather. In many instances, this part of the exhibition shows the final product of other subjects in this work – the by-products of mining, the outdated vehicles of massive transportation systems, or the infrastructure needed to support millions of people living in modern cities. By observing these sites, we get a better sense of what is required to make our society function and run cleanly. It is also worth noting that most of these places are far removed from our normal existence – located in the middle of deserts, outside of city limits, even on separate islands that we have constructed explicitly for this purpose. Waste is not usually at the forefront of our minds. Perhaps it is this physical separation from the places where our waste goes that makes it something we rarely consider. Flush it down, sell it, throw it away. But what would happen if we thought about it more often?
Something old, something new
In Karlskrona, we take care of what we consume and reuse it as far as possible. Even old shipwrecks from the 18th century are revitalized.
Under the surface
In the waters off Karlskrona, there are an estimated 60 deliberately sunken wrecks that hold a well-preserved cultural heritage. Many are not available because they are embedded in fillings or located within the military area, but there are exceptions. One of these is Djupasund between Sturkö and Tjurkö. Here lies a barrier with several wrecks. One of them is Chapman's prototype liner Wasa, which was, among other things, the beginning of the intensive shipbuilding period that went on during the 1780-1790s. To experience the wrecks, help is needed on site and this can become a reality by building a dive park where you as a visitor are guided on the bottom. By following, for example, a rope you can reach signs that tell you what ship details you see, and more. Instead of being hidden beneath the surface, the site instead becomes a historical resource. Opening of the dive park is scheduled for autumn 2021.
Unfortunately, all waste does not end up where it should. Therefore, events are often organized where we clean the beaches on both the mainland and in the archipelago. Mostly plastic, but also glass and metal. The longer the plastic is allowed to lie in the shoreline, the more worn down it is to microbites, which are then caught by both mussels and fish and birds. When the animals have got it in themselves, there is the risk that even human beings consume their own plastic waste – unpleasant and unhealthy in every way! In Karlskrona, there are continuous cleaning actions on beaches and the seabed, where residents and organizations join forces to clean up. Please, contribute when you visit our beaches.
Karlskrona is a member of the Association of Swedish Eco Municipalities. This means that the municipality wants to promote the development towards a more sustainable society. A society based on an ecological basic view where the living environment gives people the opportunity to achieve a good quality of life and good health. As an eco-municipality, Karlskrona supports the idea that eight basic sustainability principles need to be fulfilled in order for society to be sustainable.