When I learnt that Sweden imports waste, I scratched my head for a long time. Here we have the waste all around us, and a country needs to import it? Why?
It turns out Swedish are too good at recycling waste. The report says, only about 4% of the waste there goes in landfills. Rest of it all is burned as fuel or recycled into new products, raw materials, and
The municipal bodies and the citizens work together to sort out food, paper, and other kinds of waste materials separately to get the best results.
That's all well and good, but why to ask for other people's waste?
It turns out, in Sweden, they use the energy generated by garbage-burning for heating and supplying water throughout their towns. Residential buildings. Commercial facilities. About 1/5th of such energy demand is supplied by the garbage sources.
But because of great recycling habits and waste management
Now interesting thing is, Norway pays them for taking away the garbage! It's burned in Swedish incinerators, gives them heat and energy as well as revenue.
Isn't that smart!
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