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Import Garbage???

This morning’s news item in the paper caught my attention. It read: “Sweden runs out of garbage, imports from other countries”!  It has a state of art recycling plant which runs on garbage.Oh! Wow!!! I couldn’t believe what I read.!!!

The article went on to elaborate that:

  • Sweden sources almost half of its electricity from renewables.
  • Less than one percent of its household waste has been sent to landfill last year.
  • The national cohesive recycling policy ensures that the energy generated from burning of waste goes into a national heating network to heat homes through the extreme cold winters.

In the present day due to reckless attitude of man in the name of development, we are playing havoc with the balance of the environment.  Conferences around the world highlight the threat of global warming. The alarming trends of the polar ice caps melting at rapid pace, drastic changes in temperature, isolated rainfall during monsoon, indiscriminate felling of trees keep making it to the headlines.

Here the landfills are rising at dangerous proportions, giving out toxic fumes. This has an alarming effect on the health of the people living in its close vicinity. The many initiatives such as Swacchh Bharat, waste segregation, ban on plastic bags have all lost their fizz after the initial gusto with which they were launched.

With the amount of garbage generated in our country, I am sure we can have a perennial supply of recyclables to run such sophisticated plants. I am sure if India and many more countries adopt this novel and innovative approach, our environmental concerns can be tackled to a large extent.

 

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50 comments on “Import Garbage???

  1. thewritewomanblog
    December 12, 2016

    Thank you for sharing this useful info, Radhika! This one is indeed news to me. What a wonderful idea to send off less than 1% waste to the landfill and then utilize the generated waste to produce energy! Hope the word spreads and more countries, India in particular, channelizes its efforts into more Earth-friendly initiatives.

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    • radhikasreflection
      December 12, 2016

      It definitely calls for all nations to pay heed to the alarming global warming scenario and implement such simple yet effective measures to maintain a balance in the environment.

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  2. Varsh
    December 12, 2016

    This is probably the best waste treatment thing I’ve heard till date. Considering the garbage that is created worldwide every single day, if something like is implemented with a collaborative effort from all countries we will never face any energy crisis.

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    • radhikasreflection
      December 12, 2016

      Yes, isn’t it? The fact that they have managed to achieve zero garbage output and are importing it from other countries, speaks volumes about the success of this program.

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  3. Sasha
    December 12, 2016

    Useful&great info Radhika! thanks for sharing with us!

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  4. Asha Seth
    December 12, 2016

    It is irrefutably the need of the hour. I was stunned to read that a nation could actually fall short of garbage. But no kidding! It’s some real thinking gone into execution which we must definitely adopt. Thank you for bringing the snippet to us. Radhika. 🙂

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    • radhikasreflection
      December 12, 2016

      Absolutely Asha. It took some time for me also to accept that there could be a nation which has resolved their waste problem so well. I just wanted to share this great piece of information with a larger number. Thanks for your views on this.

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      • Asha Seth
        December 12, 2016

        Oh yes, such information needs to be passed on endlessly. Let all know and grow, and do something worthwhile.

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  5. zeenathunnisa
    December 12, 2016

    Such an effulgent information… The fact is that these kind of information definitely can make us cognizant… Thanks for sharing!!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Karthik
    December 12, 2016

    Thought Provoking Article… One Solution as I see it … is to bring in complete transparency in the way the local governing authorities function across states… But it’s easier said than done

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  7. gururaghavendrasevashrama
    December 12, 2016

    Wow….Ideas rule the world.
    I am copy pasting the news item to PMOs office.

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  8. iamabloggertoo
    December 12, 2016

    Great piece of information and quite thought provoking ! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Ashik T M
    December 12, 2016

    Our country should use this technique to make the best of it.good read☺

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    • radhikasreflection
      December 12, 2016

      Yes, I hope the authorities have read this article and will act on it. Thanks Ashik for reading the post and expressing your views.

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  10. Meenakshi Sethi
    December 12, 2016

    Amir Khan raised the same issue in Satymev Jayate! I don’t know why our government or politicians think to work on it…

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    • radhikasreflection
      December 13, 2016

      At times I feel they just don’t want to solve the problem, so that they introduce various schemes and fill their coffers.

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      • Meenakshi Sethi
        December 13, 2016

        I agree on that. That’s the reason we are lagging behind. Every episode of sataymev was an eye opener if authorities would have tried to learn something from it. But then who cares? All they want is to fill their pockets.

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      • radhikasreflection
        December 13, 2016

        Are we being too optimistic in hoping that now under the present government things look a little brighter?

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      • Meenakshi Sethi
        December 13, 2016

        I guess our politicians are full of garbage. They could be exported there too…just one man or few can’t clean this whole system.

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      • radhikasreflection
        December 13, 2016

        😏😥

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  11. Roberta Pimentel
    December 12, 2016

    Reblogged this on Roberta Pimentel.

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  12. 2ndhalfolife
    December 12, 2016

    Brilliant. They are ahead in many ways actually!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. GirlfromGhana
    December 12, 2016

    OMG! Ghana could export to Sweden too!This I quite unbelievable though. Who runs out of garbage???😁 Great post though,very interesting!☺

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  14. Idle Muser
    December 13, 2016

    I didn’t know about this approach, Radhika (maybe because I have lost track of keeping track of news :p ). I hope we learn something from Sweden and use this technique. ‘Will it be effective or not?’is a secondary thing, but first let us apply it.

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    • radhikasreflection
      December 13, 2016

      We may need an initial huge investment in terms of setting up the machinery. Generating raw material in terms of garbage will never be at a shortage with the Indians😊. Thanks Aditi!

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  15. adsunsri
    December 13, 2016

    I am reminded of something I read…there is no such thing as “putting away”, when we dispose something, it has to reach somewhere and that somewhere is Sweden!

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  16. Vivek Vatsal1
    December 13, 2016

    Yes!! So true. The Environmental pollution has already reached alarming levels yet the meetings and discussions are the only approaches being made and ironically, most of the times the meetings are held in Large Air-conditioned Auditoriums, which itself is one of the major contributors of Pollution. 😑

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  17. Divya Deepak Rao
    December 13, 2016

    Oh my God! How interesting & inspiring Radhika!! Thanks for sharing:)
    Hugs

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Frank
    December 25, 2016

    I could not refrain from commenting. Exceptionally
    well written!

    Like

  19. radhikasreflection
    December 28, 2016

    Thank you Frank!

    Like

  20. SwedishSquadleader
    January 26, 2017

    Sweden has always been very clean. Almost all streams have drinkable water and you are brought up with the notion to keep it that way. Every kid in Sweden have the experience of dropping a candy paper on the ground and some old lady taps your shoulder and looks upset; “Pick it up young friend!” I’ve turned the same. I’m not surprised we’re out of garbage. 🙂

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    • radhikasreflection
      January 26, 2017

      That’s wonderful to know. Something you all need to be proud of 👏👏. I genuinely wish that other countries too are inspired by innovative approach 😊. Thanks for stopping by.

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