Sweden imports thousand tons of trash every year from the rest of Europe to use in its power plants. Importing trash you ask ? Yes you read that correctly, they are so efficient with their waste allocation that they need to import garbage. Most of the extra trash is imported from Norway and Great Britain because it’s more expensive to burn the trash there and more cost effective to warp up their waste and ship it out to the Swedes.
Burning the garbage in the incinerators generates 20 percent of Sweden’s district heating, a system of distributing heat by pumping heated water into pipes through residential and commercial buildings. It also provides electricity for a quarter of a million homes.
With about 1% of their total trash going into their landfills, the remaining garbage is either recycle is used in energy recovery.