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Oslo Copes With Shortage of Garbage It Turns Into Energy – NYTimes.com

30 Apr

The problem is not unique to Oslo, a city of 1.4 million people. Across Northern Europe, where the practice of burning garbage to generate heat and electricity has exploded in recent decades, demand for trash far outstrips supply. “Northern Europe has a huge generating capacity,” said Mr. Mikkelsen, 50, a mechanical engineer who for the last year has been the managing director of Oslo’s waste-to-energy agency.

via Oslo Copes With Shortage of Garbage It Turns Into Energy – NYTimes.com.

Business – Derek Thompson – 2.6 Trillion Pounds of Garbage: Where Does the World’s Trash Go? – The Atlantic

7 Jun

This year, the world will generate 2.6 trillion pounds of garbage — the weight of about 7,000 Empire State Buildings. What kind of trash is it? Where does it all go?

The answer is that just under half of it comes from “organic” waste — food, mostly — and most of it goes into landfills, according to a new report this week from the World Bank. Here’s that story in pie charts, provided by the report.

The rest of the article consists of pie charts showing distribution of trash. Half is produced by the OECD countries  while Africa and South Asia produce the least.

via Business – Derek Thompson – 2.6 Trillion Pounds of Garbage: Where Does the World’s Trash Go? – The Atlantic.