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Sweden imports foreign trash

The Local/pvs · 10 Feb 2011, 08:22

Published: 10 Feb 2011 08:22 GMT+01:00

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The majority of the imported waste comes from neighbouring Norway, reported the Göteborgs-Posten daily.

Sävenäs district heating plant in Gothenburg accounted for 160,000 tonnes of the refuse imported in 2010.

Several of Sweden's facilities are fuelled with rubbish from overseas and supplies will have to increase as new plants are opened to meet the heating needs of Swedish households.

The Local reported in October 2009 that the bodies of thousands of rabbits culled every year from the parks in Stockholm’s Kungsholmen neighbourhood were being used to fuel a heating plant in central Sweden.

Thousands of animals are culled annually in order to protect the city's trees and shrubbery and instead of simply disposing of the dead rabbits, they were placed in the deep freeze and transported to Karlskoga and burned in a bioenergy plant.

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The move caused consternation among some animal rights groups who argued that the killing of the animals was being turned into "an industry".

District heating is a common form of energy production for heating the homes of urban Swedes. It is a large-scale method for producing heat which is then transported through a network of pipes to consumers in apartment blocks, business premises or private homes.

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Your comments about this article

08:54 February 10, 2011 by Ravioli
The title says it all.
08:59 February 10, 2011 by Kevin Harris
The Local

This title, though accurate, is unnecessarily provocative, in the light of recent debates in these forums.

There is enough unpleasantness here, without you inciting more.
09:17 February 10, 2011 by UScitizen
Hey, it could be worse. Where I lived in the US, they imported nuclear warheads from Russia to "recycle" the material and downgrade it.

It was a good plan to lower the number of WMD's but I didn't want it being done 20 Km from my backdoor.
09:31 February 10, 2011 by Juan Harry Bush
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09:39 February 10, 2011 by Kevin Harris
The Local ^ Do you understand now?
14:49 February 10, 2011 by Jack Mehoff
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17:38 February 10, 2011 by Dazzler
I couldnt help but to laugh myself silly after reading the headline. :)
19:03 February 10, 2011 by sgt_doom
Strange....I thought Carl Bildt was a svenska native?



Carl Bildt was a member of the board of directors of Lundin Oil while a consortium of Swedish, Austrian and Malaysian companies were directly involved in starting and financing a bloody battle for oil resources.
00:50 February 11, 2011 by Great Scott
Strange....I thought Carl Bildt was a svenska native?

Carl Bildt is rubish, burn him, Does sh!t burn.
03:53 February 11, 2011 by Smiling Canuk
At first I thought this was about immigration policy. :-)
09:08 February 11, 2011 by ChrisPDX
Made me smile Canuk!

09:14 February 11, 2011 by Rey Stockholm
So now we must move waste by ship or road transport to power these half baked initiatives.

Someone will next be suggesting wind turbines as the answer to all our woes!!

I was going to write more but the wind has just stopped blo..
09:32 February 11, 2011 by ChrisPDX
"Most of imported trash comes from Norway."

Was that tongue in cheek?
09:57 February 11, 2011 by Rick Methven
Nice to see that TL has removed the racist troll remarks so back to the real subject..

Even with the need to import foreign trash District Heating is by far the cheapest way to provide heating in a home. My heating costs are 40% cheaper than my neighbour who uses Direct El.

Plus burning household waste reduces land fill requirements. a win win situation for all
21:51 February 11, 2011 by wxman
The title of the article has been common knowledge for some time. What I'd be curious to know is if Sweden accepts waste products from other countries, too.
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