Solving Sweden's Trash Deficit
Ariel Schwartz describes the lengths the Scandinavian country is going to feed its waste incineration program [PDF], "which began in the 1940s, treats over 2 million tons of waste each year, [and] heats 810,000 homes." Because Swedes recycle an astonishing 96 percent of their trash (compared to 34 percent in America), the country is now importing trash from its neighbors (including Norway, and potentially, Italy), to the tune of 800,000 tons annually.
"One day, perhaps Italy, Norway, and other countries will realize that they're actually giving away a precious energy resource," says Schwartz. "Until then, Sweden is happy to be the garbage man of Europe."