Sweden has all but ended landfilling it’s waste, putting a mere 1% into the ground
1st May 2015
Sweden has all but ended landfilling its waste, putting a mere 1% into the ground. The rest is recycled and composted and whatever is left is burned to produce electricity.
In fact, so successful has been the Swedes’ drive to put all that highly calorific material to good use that they are having to import refuse derived fuel (RDF) to keep the waste from energy plants generating. Guess where some of that imported material comes from? The UK, of course. It’s a paradox that we are exporting material which could be used here to generate energy and displace imported gas. Our waste to energy infrastructure is slowly catching up and we would expect that this material will be used as fuel in UK plants within a couple of years.
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