Sweden imports foreign trash

Sweden does not generate enough rubbish and 600,000 tonnes of foreign refuse were imported in 2010 to meet demand from district heating plants.

Sweden imports foreign trash

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.

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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Outrage after Malmö council officers shoot aggressive swan dad

A swan living on a canal in central Malmö was shot dead by professional hunters on Sunday night, just weeks before the birth of his eight cygnets.

Outrage after Malmö council officers shoot aggressive swan dad
A swan studies its reflection in Malmö's Pildammsparken. Photo: Jakob Nilsson-Ehle/Flickr
The male swan or 'cob' signed his own death sentence earlier this year, when he attacked a group of children near his nest close to Malmö's police station, causing several of the youngsters to fall into the water. 
“I understand that people are upset about this. I'm upset myself. I conserve nature. I don't usually kill things,” Ola Enqvist, a nature conservationist employed by Malmö's local government, told The Local. 
“All male swans defend their nests of course. But this swan was particularly angry. He attacked everybody who passed by, and people were afraid.” 
One local resident, Martina Andersson, told the Sydsvenskan newspaper that she found the decision “extremely upsetting”. 
“They were a real feature of the area,” she said of the swans. “He is only protecting his mate from the canoeists who paddle by, but it doesn't do anyone any harm.” 
Enqvist said two hunters had been granted special police permission to use a firearm and had then both shot the swan simultaneously to ensure he was killed instantly. They carried out the shooting late on Sunday night to minimize the risk of passers-by being alarmed. 
Enqvist said that to his knowledge the city authorities had never before had to put a swan down. 
“This was the first time it's happened, and I hope the last,” he commented.
As for the swan's mate, he said he hoped she would be capable of hatching and nurturing the eight eggs in her nest alone.  
“We think and hope that she will be able to bring up the children. She is the one in the nest, not the male, so we hope she will manage to do it herself,” he said.