How Sweden Plans to Turn the World's Trash into Cash!
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by Ирина Безродных
| 7 Questions
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At a time when most countries are struggling to find where to dump all the trash that is generated on a daily basis, in Sweden they want more trash. They even plant to import 800,000 tons of it every year from other countries. Intrigued? Read on ...
A TRASH TO WARM AND LIGHT HOUSES
B GLAD TO HELP THE NEIGHBOUR
C NO TRASH FOR LANDFILLS
D MORE TRASH NEEDED
E UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
F LEARN AND SAVE NATURE
G DEVELOPMENT IN THE COURSE OF HISTORY
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10
In the 1940's most of the world didn't think about building recycling plants. At that time this progressive country bagan a programme to recycle their trash and turn it into energy. At the beginning such plants released harmful toxins into the atmosphere. But over the years, the country has developed the technique and now this industry is practically harmless.
A TRASH TO WARM AND LIGHT HOUSES
B GLAD TO HELP THE NEIGHBOUR
C NO TRASH FOR LANDFILLS
D MORE TRASH NEEDED
E UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
F LEARN AND SAVE NATURE
G DEVELOPMENT IN THE COURSE OF HISTORY
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10
Since the beginning these plants have been producing more and more energy. Today the industry generates enough energy to provide heat to about 20% or 810,000 Swedish households and electricity to 250,000. And it gets better.
A TRASH TO WARM AND LIGHT HOUSES
B GLAD TO HELP THE NEIGHBOUR
C NO TRASH FOR LANDFILLS
D MORE TRASH NEEDED
E UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
F LEARN AND SAVE NATURE
G DEVELOPMENT IN THE COURSE OF HISTORY
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10
The Swedish government organizes special educating programmes for people. There are strict laws in the country on the subject. The population is amazingly conscientious ( ). Thanks to all these factors, only 4 % of all Swedish trash ends up in a landfill. In contrast 63 % of the trash generated in the USA ends up in landfills.
A TRASH TO WARM AND LIGHT HOUSES
B GLAD TO HELP THE NEIGHBOUR
C NO TRASH FOR LANDFILLS
D MORE TRASH NEEDED
E UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
F LEARN AND SAVE NATURE
G DEVELOPMENT IN THE COURSE OF HISTORY
5
10
However all this "greenness" has resulted in a rather unique problem. While Swedish incineration plants ( ) cfn process up to 2 million tons of household trash each year, they don't have enough raw material! So the country came to the decision to import other people's trash.
A TRASH TO WARM AND LIGHT HOUSES
B GLAD TO HELP THE NEIGHBOUR
C NO TRASH FOR LANDFILLS
D MORE TRASH NEEDED
E UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
F LEARN AND SAVE NATURE
G DEVELOPMENT IN THE COURSE OF HISTORY
6
10
Neighbouring Norway has already begun sending their garbage, while Bulgaria, Romania and Italy are seriously considering the offer too. All in all, Sweden expects to import 800,000 tons each year.
A TRASH TO WARM AND LIGHT HOUSES
B GLAD TO HELP THE NEIGHBOUR
C NO TRASH FOR LANDFILLS
D MORE TRASH NEEDED
E UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
F LEARN AND SAVE NATURE
G DEVELOPMENT IN THE COURSE OF HISTORY
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10
Now if only all the countries decide to learn how the Swedes can do what none of us can or really want to do, innocent sea animals will not have to deal with our plastic bags, bottles and everything else we dump in the oceans.
A TRASH TO WARM AND LIGHT HOUSES
B GLAD TO HELP THE NEIGHBOUR
C NO TRASH FOR LANDFILLS
D MORE TRASH NEEDED
E UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
F LEARN AND SAVE NATURE
G DEVELOPMENT IN THE COURSE OF HISTORY
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