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A Look at Burning Trash for Energy

A video about Sweden’s efficient trash burning system went viral on social media last year, leaving many Americans questioning why the U.S. doesn’t burn more garbage.

Last year, a video about Sweden’s efficient trash burning system went viral on social media, leaving many Americans questioning why the U.S. doesn’t burn more garbage. And now, Salon has released an article that explains how America and other countries manage their waste.

Salon has the details:

Earlier this year, a video explaining Sweden’s efficient trash burning system made the Facebook rounds, touting a shocking statistic: less than one percent of this country’s household waste ends up in a landfill. Instead, much of it is incinerated and converted into usable electricity and heat via waste-to-energy plants. In the U.S., the clip left the social media community scratching its collective head, and asking: Why aren’t Americans burning more of our own garbage?

Considering we’re in the midst of a trash crisis, it’s a good question. Every year, humans generate more than a billion tons of solid waste, and that number will be closer to 4 billion by 2100. In America, each of us throws away more than seven pounds of garbage a day. In other words: we’re surrounded by rubbish, and because our population is on the rise, the problem is set to get worse.

Read the full story here.

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