Sweden runs out of garbage, forced to import from Norway
by Matt Hickman
It seems that Sweden, a recycling-happy land where a quarter of a million homes are powered by the incineration of waste, was caught short last year: it ran out of much-needed fuel. It ran out of garbage.
As a result it needed to import trash from neighboring countries to provide electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes through a longstanding waste-to-energy incineration program. A short term solution saw Norway pay for Sweden to take it's excess waste. The resulting ash was then returned to Norway landfill.