Norway Needs Garbage

Scandanavian country relies on trash to heat homes

Adam Roy

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Norway has a garbage problem. Specifically, it doesn’t have enough. The Scandanavian nation, which relies on burning trash to provide heat to many of its buildings, is facing a refuse shortage, seemingly caused by Norwegian’s near-religious recycling habits.

The trash shortage is hitting especially hard in Oslo, where operators have begun importing garbage from England and Ireland to keep their plants in operation; some are considering bringing in waste from further abroad.

“I’d like to take some from the United States,” plant employee Pal Mikkelsen told the New York Times. “Sea transport is cheap.”

Norway isn’t the only country in northern Europe that’s in need of garbage; Sweden is in a similar predicament. Complicating the situation, both countries currently export shiploads of trash to each other.