Running Out of Garbage

Running Out of Garbage

In America, particularly urban centers like Los Angeles and New York, garbage removal is an ever present problem. Mostly we’re worried about having too much trash and getting rid of the trash we generate.

But in Oslo, Norway the city is faced with the complete opposite problem. Too little trash.

From New York Times

Oslo, a recycling-friendly place where roughly half the city and most of its schools are heated by burning garbage — household trash, industrial waste, even toxic and dangerous waste from hospitals and drug arrests — has a problem: it has literally run out of garbage to burn.

The problem is not unique to Oslo, a city of 1.4 million people. Across Northern Europe, where the practice of burning garbage to generate heat and electricity has exploded in recent decades, demand for trash far outstrips supply. “Northern Europe has a huge generating capacity,” said Mr. Mikkelsen, 50, a mechanical engineer who for the last year has been the managing director of Oslo’s waste-to-energy agency.

Burning garbage for energy hasn’t caught on in the United States, and with the rise of solar and wind power, probably won’t ever catch on as a viable alternate energy source, but the United States may soon be providing Northern Europe’s energy in the form of burnable garbage.

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