28 Sep '12, 5pm

Sweden is So Green It Has to Import Garbage

Sweden is So Green It Has to Import Garbage

Recycling in Sweden has been so successful that the Scandinavian country has to import garbage from its European neighbors. Yes, we should all be in such a predicament! As Public Radio International reports, only four percent of household waste in Sweden ends up in municipal landfills; the rest is recycled or is sent to waste-to-energy power plants, where it is burned as fuel. A report from Swedish Waste Management touts Sweden as offering the “best example” for a “greener future,” noting that the country is able to recover the most energy from each ton of waste via its waste-to-energy plants. Indeed, the waste-to-energy plants do just what their name says. The “waste-powered” plants provide 20 percent of Sweden’s district heating, in which heated water is pumped through pipes to residential and commercial buildings, as well as electricity for a quarter of a million homes ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/sweden-is-so-green-it-has-to-...

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