How much waste does Sweden produce in a year?
Less than 1% of Sweden’s household waste ends up in landfills. Of the 4.4 million tons of household waste produced by the nation every year, 2.2 million are converted into energy by a process called waste-to-energy (WTE).
Which country produces the most waste?
As a nation, Americans generate more waste than any other nation in the world with 4.5 pounds (2.0 kg) of municipal solid waste (MSW) per person per day, fifty five percent of which is contributed as residential garbage.
Did Sweden run out of garbage?
Sweden, birthplace of the Smörgåsbord and the world’s preferred solar-powered purveyor of flat-pack home furnishings, is in a bit of a pickle: the squeaky clean Scandinavian nation of more than 9.8 million has run out of garbage. The landfills have been tapped dry; the rubbish reserves depleted.
Does Sweden export garbage?
On the Swedish site promoting WTE, they are proud of the fact that they import waste: Waste is a relatively cheap fuel and Sweden has, over time, developed a large capacity and skill in efficient and profitable waste treatment. Sweden even imports 700,000 tonnes of waste from other countries.
What country has the least amount of waste?
As the result of an astonishing ‘recycling revolution’, Sweden has nearly reached ‘zero waste’ levels and imports at least two million tonnes of rubbish from other European countries.