We could definitely take lesson from Sweden here in America. With suitable scrubbers, the byproducts of incineration could be managed effectively.
Can you imagine a country that uses household garbage to make electricity? According to a very interesting article I read this morning on Treehugger, this is what Sweden does. The country has an advanced waste-to-energy incineration program that provides electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes, but their current garbage supplies have run so low that they now have to import from Norway. Talk about one man’s trash being another man’s treasure!
While incineration is probably not a particularly clean type of energy, there must be benefits to reducing the sheer volume of garbage in landfill sites. We could definitely take some lessons from the Swedes, who apparently are among the planet’s least-wasteful people. They recycle around 96% of the garbage they produce, which is admirable.
I often feel depressed by the amount of waste we generate at home, despite my efforts to shop consciously and reduce garbage whenever…
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