With mountains of stuff we throw away literally ‘going to waste’ in landfills – where it emits greenhouse gases (GHGs) that contribute to global climate change – some countries are turning to garbage as another source of energy.
By incinerating waste from households, businesses and industry, SYSAV supplies both district heating and electricity to local communities in southern Sweden. After decades of operation, the locals also enjoy the benefits of reclaimed land turned into parks.
How does waste-to-energy (WTE) work?
Globally, garbage is a massive problem, with many complex aspects explored in the photos and (hidden) captions below. While considering whether WTE is an effective solution, we’d like you to keep in mind some ‘big-picture’ questions.
 March 2008, Cashing in on Climate Change, IBISWorld