Waste not, want not.
This saying comes alive in an entirely different way in the city of Copenhagen where the new waste-to-energy plant is starting to go up pretty fast.
A replacement to the current incinerator which burns up the city’s waste and provides energy to thousands of homes, the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant is designed not only to do that but do so with greater efficiency, resulting in less air pollution while generating even more energy for more homes. National Geographic reports that “it will produce heat for 160,000 households and electricity for 62,500 residences.”
What’s incredibly remarkable about this incinerator though is that it the architectural team behind it, the bjarke ingels group (BIG), went one step further by turning the entire compound into a ski slope. In fact, when finished, the incinerator will be the highest ski slope in the country.
The innovative ski slope incinerator is currently under construction and is set to be finished by 2017. And when it’s all done, you can bet that locals and tourists alike will be flocking to Copenhagen’s waste center for a good run down those slopes. We’ll also probably be seeing plenty of restaurants and other commercial establishments crop up around the power plant, spurring the Danish economy in the area pretty significantly. So while the rest of the world argues on the merits of using an incinerator over landfills, Copenhagen’s residents and visitors will be enjoying the only entertainment center/incinerator in the world come 2017.
Now that is definitely a perfect example of turning trash into treasure!