Denmark Converts Trash to Energy

HORSHOLM, Denmark — The lawyers and engineers who dwell in an elegant enclave here are at peace with the hulking neighbor just over the back fence: a vast energy plant that burns thousands of tons of household garbage and industrial waste, round the clock.

A plant in Horsholm, Denmark, uses new technology to convert trash into energy more cleanly. The Vestforbraending plant in Copenhagen, the largest of the 29 waste-to-energy plants in Denmark. Their use has reduced the country's energy costs. Far cleaner than conventional incinerators, this new type of plant converts local trash into heat and electricity. Dozens of filters catch pollutants, from mercury to dioxin, that would have emerged from its smokestack only a decade ago.

Could this be a solution for United States trash, much of which is buried in landfills? Read the rest of Elizabeth Rosenthal's 4/12/10 NYT article to learn more.