Sweden Imports Trash

Sweden Imports Trash

Now this article is what I call environmentally savvy! Apparently the great country of Sweden has been importing their trash from neighboring parts of Europe to be used as fuel. Let me repeat that: Sweden is taking trash and making it into energy!

According to the article, “Sweden has recently begun to import about eight hundred thousand tons of trash from the rest of Europe per year to use in its power plants. The majority of the imported waste comes from neighboring Norway because it’s more expensive to burn the trash there and cheaper for the Norwegians to simply export their waste to Sweden. In the arrangement, Norway pays Sweden to take the waste off their hands and Sweden also gets electricity and heat.”

Now for all you naysayers out there: yes, it’s not particularly good because it creates a lot of air pollution. There are also heavy metals in the ash which need to be landfilled. Sweden sends these ashes back to Norway to dispose of.

But let us think for a minute: how much land are they saving by exporting their trash? Wouldn’t Norway have a lot more landfills if they just dumped their trash in there like we do in America? Yeah, they would. I know most people have driven by a landfill before and I think we can all agree that the smell is definitely not pleasant.

While this isn’t a long-term solution, it works very well for now. Sweden gets energy, electricity and heat, and Norway gets free trash removal. What’s not to love?