Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thursday Thoughts - Sweden Wants to Buy Your Trash

Recycling the Reign
by Rachel Hoyt
 
image by hinnamsaisuy via freedigitalphotos.net
 

Poor Mafia. Now Sweden is "the boss" -
The new lion in the trash tree of life,
Gobbling garbage, brewing energy sauce.

In a land where recycling is too rife
They use trash to provide a basic need,
Now the lack of trash is their only strife.
 
On others' overabundance they feed,
Assisting others but mostly themselves,
Though they agree the time will come to cede.
 
Still, who's to say that a man with good elves
Could not put a stop to their genius plan?
(Someone with very few books on their shelves.)
 
The Swede rising shows what you think, you can -
When ideas are on fire, put them near a fan.
 
© 2012 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved


This terza rima poem was inspired by the news that Sweden
is importing trash to burn to warm their people's dens.

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24 comments:

  1. importing Trash! bangalore is overloaded with trash with illegal dumping. Ahm....I was thinking...;)

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    1. It would be nice if they cleaned up some towns, right? :)

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  2. I'm not sure how good an idea this is..but I suppose if it works for them...

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    1. The Swedish statement said they wouldn't be able to do it forever. Burning the trash DOES produce toxins. It is only a temporary fix. You're a smart woman if your instincts told you that. :)

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  3. Hey, if the Swedes are looking for extra garbage, they can drop by my house. I've got a couple of spare rooms that I could clear out that would keep their recycling program going into the next decade.

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    1. LOL. I'm sure 75% of us have at least one room... :)

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  4. Oh wow, really interesting! Never heard of a country importing garbage! Learned something new!

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    1. I hadn't heard either and was very impressed that they are doing this AND that they are saying it is not a long term solution. :)

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    1. Thank you Madeleine. :) I try to share only the most interesting news... :P

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  6. interesting...you know there was a time a few years ago that New York was trying to export their trash to VA to be buried...that did not go over well...

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    1. Yeah, I imagine that invoked a BIG case of NIMBY syndrome. (For anyone who doesn't know... NIMBY is a real thing. It stands for, "Not In MY Back Yard!")

      :P

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    2. ha, now another new word i have learned from you....NIMBY...interesting...smiles. and yes, exactly....

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    3. Hehe. Glad I could teach you about NIMBY. It is used in many ways. I may or may not be the first to call it a syndrome. I didn't check, but it totally is. Dr. Spaceman would back me up on this. :P

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  7. lol, and here in the US we mostly seem to export it!

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    1. Definitely! We don't want that trash here!! :P Thanks for visiting, 'Other Mary'..

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  8. Interesting story, Rachel. :)

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  9. My best friend is a Swede. She would agree that they have mastered many things, including 'recycling.' I shall share your poem with her so that she can feel validated in her convictions! ;-)

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    1. That is so great! I would love for a Swede to see my poem and I don't have any friends in that part of the world yet. :) I was definitely very impressed with what I read about their recycling program. VERY impressed. :)

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  10. Funny ! I ran into trash-burning generators this summer in Switzerland for the first time. They too were importing trash from Austria.

    PS - you have CAPTCHA activated. I had to submit this comment 3 times. you might want to deactivate it. It is a pain.

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    1. Oh cool. I didn't know they had them in Switzerland too. I need to do more research. :)

      Sorry about the CAPTCHA, but I need it to keep spammers away.

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