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Is it Waste or an Energy Source?

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At a power plant in Linköping, Sweden, Tekniska Verken, a municipal government company is burning rubbish to turn waste into energy. CLIMATE_ACTION

This is one of Sweden’s 34 plants that uses rubbish instead of coal or gas for heat and electricity.

Within these power plants, giant mechanical claws pick up tonnes of garbage every day and drop it into an incinerator that reaches temperatures of over 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to reducing the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfills, using rubbish as an energy supply also reduces fossil fuel usage.

Tekniska Verken estimates that its rubbish-burning operations last year avoided emitting the equivalent of 467,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

“We don’t look at it as waste,” said Klas Gustafsson, vice president of the company. “We use the energy content of waste as much as possible.”

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