It is hard to imagine a world in which pollution is not an issue. Believe it or not, such a place does exist: in northern Europe, Sweden is one such world.
This squeaky clean Scandinavian nation, home to more than 9.5 million people, has run out of garbage! Because of Swedes consistently recycle, their landfills are dry. This has become a dilemma because this country relies on waste to provide heat and electricity through their waste-to-energy incineration program.
To alleviate this problem, Sweden is importing trash from neighboring countries, like Norway, who pay Sweden to take their excess waste. While this seemingly solves Sweden’s problem, Catarina Ostund a senior advisor from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency said, "We have more capacity than the production of waste in Sweden and that is usable for incineration”. While Norway may therefore seem like a great aid for Sweden, some suggest that there may be other solutions or different, more beneficial allies. Sweden is now seeking to partner with Romania, Bulgaria, or the Baltic countries.
To continue meeting their energy needs, Sweden must find a perfect solution for its problem, and the nation hopes to do so soon.
[Source: Mother Nature Network]