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The SYSAV plant in Malmö is one of 33 waste-to-energy plants in Sweden.

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that Sweden incinerates most of its trash. Why don’t we do more of this in the U.S., given that we’re running out of landfill space? — Oscar Gentry, New Bern, North Carolina

Sweden does burn the vast majority of its trash — only one percent of the country’s waste ends up in landfills — and even makes a profit by importing trash from neighboring countries to process in its high-efficiency, low emission incinerators. And it makes a lot of sense, given the huge toll landfills take on the environment, leaking liquids into surrounding soils and polluting groundwater while sending huge amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere.

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