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Why Don’t We Burn Our Trash?

Sweden is able to recycle 99% of their trash, some of which they burn. Why isn’t this practiced in the United States?

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99 Per Cent Of Sweden’s Garbage Is Now Recycled

“There’s a “recycling revolution” happening in Sweden – one that has pushed the country closer to zero waste than ever before. In fact, less than one per cent of Sweden’s household garbage ends up in landfills today.”

The sensible Swedes burn a lot of their garbage. Why can’t we?

“The Swedes generate a decent amount of garbage, just like everybody else-465 kilograms per capita of waste in 2010, or about 1,070 pounds per person. Aggressive recycling programs that hoover up about 50 percent of the country’s waste have helped radically reduce the amount of junk going to landfills.”

Energy Recovery from Waste

“Energy recovery from waste is the conversion of non-recyclable waste materials into useable heat, electricity, or fuel through a variety of processes, including combustion, gasification, pyrolization, anaerobic digestion, and landfill gas recovery. This process is often called waste-to-energy.”

Air Emissions & Clean Energy

“Although municipal solid waste includes renewable resources, its use as a source of energy has been met with controversy.”
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