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Sweden facing need to import garbage

Sweden facing need to import garbage

Published: 07 Jun 2012 07:22 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 Jun 2012 07:22 GMT+02:00

Sweden may be forced to start importing garbage from other countries in order to keep the country's ever-expanding supply of waste-to-energy incinerators in operation.

Billions of kronor have been invested in building new garbage incineration facilities, and interest in expanding existing facilities remains high.

But Swedes simply aren't generating enough trash to be used as fuel to power the facilities, according to Sveriges Radio (SR).

According to the latest forecast from industry association Swedish Waste Management (Avfall Sverige), Sweden is going to need to import around 1.6 milllion tonnes of trash.

Currently, Sweden's thirty or so garbage-fed power plants burn about 5.5 million tonnes of waste each year.

But expansion plans may boost Sweden's garbage burning capacity by 30 percent in the next six to eight years.

The prospect of importing garbage from other countries has caused concern at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket), which advocates for waste reduction.

"We've been very clear in our national waste plan. Reuse, materials recycling, and waste reduction are what we've called for," the agency's Catarina Östlund told SR.

However, Östlund admitted that it may be better to transport trash over long distances so it can be burned to generate warmth and electricity, rather than let it sit in a landfill.

"The trash that is left in a landfill isn't put to any good use," she said, adding that she hopes Sweden can continue to improve how it deals with its own waste.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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08:13 June 7, 2012 by Dazzler
Headline is soooo tempting. You know what im sayin'!
08:30 June 7, 2012 by skogsbo
with myself(possibly a few others) as the exception to the headline ;) haven't they been doing it for a while? There you go I said it.

Anyway, this is chance to make money, another nation should pay Sweden to take its rubbish, then Sweden gets energy from it. Sounds fair to me.
11:21 June 7, 2012 by eppie
Italy is for exemple shipping ships of garbage to northern europe to be incinerated.

But what I don't understand is why they keep building more incinerators?

Most of the enrgy companies in Sweden are international...wouldn't it be cheaper to build them somewhere where they ar actually needed?
13:11 June 7, 2012 by gpafledthis
Perfect for urban clearance of malmo !!
13:14 June 7, 2012 by Svensksmith
When the rubbish pays its freight, then it's welcome.
14:01 June 7, 2012 by Scepticion
There is money to build unnecessary garbage incineration plants but no money to build direly needed housing? What a load of rubbish.
16:04 June 7, 2012 by ctinej
How about asking Mother Nature about the idea. Burning it makes heat and pollution.

For the sake of the planet, we need to reduce garbage production by orders of magnitude. We need to STOP the Malignant Breeders (immigrants) from growing the demand for energy via 8 kids per family.

if you buy a swim suit at Costco, you get it attached to a full size human torso made of plastic. Disgusting!!!

In and Out Burgers is the only FF place in America that doesnt hand you your meal in styrofoam or plastic. They have the right idea- wrap the burger in one thin piece of paper, and put multiple ones in ONE paper box.
00:20 June 8, 2012 by blue2012
I am very tempting to write about this headline.
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