The U.S. produces over 220 million tons of waste each year—55 percent of which ends up in landfills, 33 percent gets recycled and 12.5 percent is incinerated. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 65 percent of the waste generated by the U.S. in 2006 came from residences and 35 percent came from commercial and institutional sites. How can the U.S. implement an effective waste management system?
Sweden has an innovative waste management system in which the energy created by burnable waste is used to provide heat and electricity for the entire country. The heat produced by waste plants has become a substitute for fossil fuel.
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By Silvia Gutierrez, GMC Editor