Everyone produces waste, and the Swedes are no different. It’s what they do with it that
is unusual. Sweden recycles and sorts its waste so efficiently that less than 1 percent ends
up in landfills. But perhaps even more interesting, and somewhat controversial, is that
Sweden burns about as much household waste as it recycles, over 2 million tons, and
converts this to energy. But even with this amount of domestic waste, the country’s 32
waste-to-energy (WTE) incineration plants can handle even more. And when Sweden
runs out of its own garbage, it offers a service to the rest of garbage-bloated Europe:
importing excess waste from other countries.
Less Than 1% Of Sweden’s Trash Ends Up In Landfills
September 8, 2014 | by Justine Alford
While recycling has helped cut down on the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, a considerable amount still gets dumped in them all over the world each year. One country is showing us that it doesn’t have to be that way—Sweden.
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