The solution has been to import wastes from abroad, last year more than 600,000 tons, mostly from neighboring Norway.
Of more than 500,000 tons burned last year at a facility in Gothenburg, the newspaper writes, 140,000 tons came from Norway.
The Norwegians are apparently pleased, as they have lagged behind in switching from landfill to heat production. This is a European problem, as it’s estimated that every year 150 million tons of garbage gets sent to landfills across the continent.
In fact, in November, Swedish Television News reported that the garbage crisis filling the streets of Naples could be solved by shipping the stuff off to Sweden. A Norwegian-British consortium was exploring the possibility of sending 100,000 tons of Italian wastes to Scandinavia, using ships whose cargo holds would otherwise be empty for the return journey to the north.
But not everyone thinks all this is a good idea. The Gothenburg branch of the Swedish Society for Conservation and Greenpeace are opposed to just burning garbage, arguing that more recycling would be better for the environment.