Craig Reucassel reports from Sweden, where much waste is burned and converted into energy; 99% of rubbish is recycled in some manner, and they now import trash. He questions claims that incineration is a valid recycling method.
Waste to Energy (03:09)
Reucassel observes plastics incinerated at the Vasteras plant; a worker defends burning recyclables for energy. He admits to toxic chemicals in emissions, but claims they are washed, and within regulations.
Better Options (02:10)
Reucassel juxtaposes Sweden's green energy reputation with their Waste to Energy practice; Goran Finnveden explains its drawbacks and benefits, comparing to landfills. He concedes traditional recycling is more economically and environmentally sound.
Responsible Citizens (04:40)
Some Swedes actively sort and recycle waste; schools promote the practice, and residents pay less for garbage service when they produce less. Reucassal notes their efforts; he feels the inconvenience discourages greater participation.
Conflicting Reports (05:24)
Swedish packaging manufacturers are responsible for recycling product waste. Reucassel interviews an fti representative; he claims companies meet government standards for recyclables collections. Government studies reveal 84 percent of plastics are incinerated.
Incinerating Assets (02:37)
Reucassel meets Zero Waste campaigner Joan-Marc Simon at a Waste to Energy plant. He is not as concerned with toxic emissions as burning of resources; the European Union is making laws to increase traditional recycling.
No Blanket Solutions (02:03)
Waste Association of Sweden's Weine Wiqvist concedes that for countries without district heating, Waste to Energy plants are not a good investment, and less efficient than traditional recycling.
Reporting Reflections (02:13)
Swedes dance around a May Pole at Midsummer Festival; their homes will be heated by burning rubbish during winter. Reucassel concludes that Waste to Energy is better than landfill, but not the best solution to garbage epidemics.
Credits: To Burn or Not to Burn (00:27)
Credits: To Burn or Not to Burn
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