12 Sep '12, 2pm

Sweden recycles so effectively that it has to import garbage to incinerate

Sweden recycles so effectively that it has to import garbage to incinerate

Every country should be so lucky as to have Sweden’s problem: It doesn’t produce enough garbage. As reported by Public Radio International , Sweden has a remarkably effective recycling program. Only 4 percent of the country’s waste ends up in landfills, with the other 96 percent being reused in some way. There is one problem with that, however: The country has incinerators that burn waste to create heat (a must-have in the region) and electricity. And too little waste means not enough fuel for those fires. Sweden’s electricity production, in kilowatt-hours by population. Note that the country is increasingly using incinerated biofuels and waste (green line). (Data from Wikipedia .) Catarina Ostlund, Senior Advisor for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, said the country is producing much less burnable waste than it needs. … However, they’ve recently found a soluti...

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