Gallery: Sweden Plans to Import 800,000 Tons of Garbage Each Year


We’ve heard of importing goods and raw materials, but importing trash? That’s exactly what Sweden intends to do in order to compensate for its trash shortfall. Sweden burns trash to create about 20 percent of its heat, but the Swedes are so diligent about recycling that the country simply isn’t generating enough waste to create the heat they need.

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  1. Michael Bauer-Leeb November 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    As economically intriguing and benficial such solution may seem, in the long run it is definitely not. Waste incineration is just fighting symptoms and all but tackling the underlying problem of a linear econmy dependent on exponential growth. Burning waste leaves 25% toxic residue behind, which has to be dealt with accordingy and quite costly. Further, burning trash means wasting huge amounts of energy. Just think of all the energy and material used to extract resources, manufacture and transport goods – hugely blown out the chimney. And for what? To start all over again extracting resources, manufacturing, and disposing of again and again. If we want to achieve real change we need to start reducing, reusing, and recycling heavily. We need to ask ourselves what we really need to live a good life, and we need to start thinking what world we want to pass on to our children and children’s children and start acting accordingly. More of the same will do us no good, I’m afraid.

  2. Seth Platt November 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Waste Incineration is not Green

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