Sweden Wants to Import More Trash

September 18, 2012 · Print This Article

Sweden is a country with an particularly good national recycling program and broad public participation. It is so good that only 4 percent of household waste goes into landfills. Sweden additionally has a lot of district heating plants, which produce electricity and hot water that is distributed for heating to nearby homes and businesses. Many of these plants rely on trash incineration to generate the heat to run the systems.

Trash incinceration provides 20 percent of the district heating in Sweden. These plants plus generate the electricity for 250,000 homes.

The problem is that Swedish potential plants need more trash to feed these plants than the country is producing, so the country is looking to import trash from its European neighbors to fuel these plants. At present, they are importing waste from neighboring Norway to fuel these […]

[Source] Cynthia


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