While trash disposal may seem like a dirty business, Sweden sees it as one of the “cleanest.” In Sweden, waste-to-energy incinerators are used to burn trash and convert the “waste” into energy. Since 2002, the country has adopted a ban on putting biodegradable waste in landfills. This has resulted in a number of waste-to-energy plants appearing across the country. Burning waste has become so popular in Sweden that some 700,000 tons of garbage a year has been imported to help produce energy and heating for many of its cities.
How Does It Work?
While waste-to-energy incinerators are popular in Sweden, they have remained a controversial topic among American environmentalists. There is much debate over waste burning in the US, as many fear that it will slow recycling rates and increase air pollution. However, research in Sweden has shown that these issues have not turned out to be issues at all. In fact, only 1 percent of Sweden’s waste ends up in landfills, while half of it is recycled, and the remaining 49 percent is burned in waste-to-energy facilities. In fact, Sweden’s recycling rate is double that of the United States’.(more…)
- Less garbage space – When you compact your waste, it takes up far less space. This can greatly reduce your waste costs as haulers typically charge based on weight and/or capacity.
- Lower removal frequency – The less a hauler has to come and remove your trash, the more money you will save.
- Better sanitation – By minimizing and compacting waste, you can increase the cleanliness around your dumpsters and better contain the unsavory side effects of accumulated waste, such as smell.