"Move over Abba, Sweden has found new fame. The small Nordic country
is breaking records — in waste. Sweden's program of generating energy
from garbage is wildly successful, but recently its success has also
generated a surprising issue: There is simply not enough trash.
Only 4 percent of Swedish garbage ends up in a landfill, according to Swedish Waste Management.
Due to its efficiency in converting waste to renewable energy, Sweden
has recently begun importing around 800,000 tons of trash annually from
Norway is now paying Sweden to take its
garbage. Swedish sights are also set on Bulgaria, Romania and Italy as
future trash exporters, as Catarina Ostlund, a senior advisor for the
country's environmental protection agency, told PRI. Those countries rely heavily on landfills – a highly inefficient and environmentally degrading system."
I saw barges from New York heading out to the ocean to dump their garbage. It would be nice to make use of that rather than just pollute our waters.