Segments in this Video

Semantics (02:37)


Craig Reucassel reports from Sweden, where much waste is burned and converted into energy; 99% of rubbish is recycled in some manner, and they now import trash. He questions claims that incineration is a valid recycling method.

Waste to Energy (03:09)

Reucassel observes plastics incinerated at the Vasteras plant; a worker defends burning recyclables for energy. He admits to toxic chemicals in emissions, but claims they are washed, and within regulations.

Better Options (02:10)

Reucassel juxtaposes Sweden's green energy reputation with their Waste to Energy practice; Goran Finnveden explains its drawbacks and benefits, comparing to landfills. He concedes traditional recycling is more economically and environmentally sound.

Responsible Citizens (04:40)

Some Swedes actively sort and recycle waste; schools promote the practice, and residents pay less for garbage service when they produce less. Reucassal notes their efforts; he feels the inconvenience discourages greater participation.

Conflicting Reports (05:24)

Swedish packaging manufacturers are responsible for recycling product waste. Reucassel interviews an fti representative; he claims companies meet government standards for recyclables collections. Government studies reveal 84 percent of plastics are incinerated.

Incinerating Assets (02:37)

Reucassel meets Zero Waste campaigner Joan-Marc Simon at a Waste to Energy plant. He is not as concerned with toxic emissions as burning of resources; the European Union is making laws to increase traditional recycling.

No Blanket Solutions (02:03)

Waste Association of Sweden's Weine Wiqvist concedes that for countries without district heating, Waste to Energy plants are not a good investment, and less efficient than traditional recycling.

Reporting Reflections (02:13)

Swedes dance around a May Pole at Midsummer Festival; their homes will be heated by burning rubbish during winter. Reucassel concludes that Waste to Energy is better than landfill, but not the best solution to garbage epidemics.

Credits: To Burn or Not to Burn (00:27)

Credits: To Burn or Not to Burn

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There is a new push in Australia to build incinerators to burn waste. Is this the way to go? Those clever Swedes think so. Foreign Correspondent sends War on Waste’s Craig Reucassel to Sweden to investigate.

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: FPT188114

ISBN: 978-1-64623-438-7

Copyright date: ©2018

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