With the quantity of trash increasing in cities around the world year after year despite the best attempts of governments to get people to recycle their garbage, the best option for getting rid of trash that cannot be recycled might be to burn it and use it as a fuel. This New York Times article gives an interesting overview of several studies that suggest that this method of getting rid of garbage might be the best way to actually use the garbage in generating electricity and heat and prevent further pollution. It speaks of studies that show that burning non-recyclable trash is a better idea than using it in landfills.
Right now, Europe is significantly ahead of the USA in using this technology. It would be nice to see some American companies compete with the Europeans and try to beat them at their own game. This competition can only result in the best possible results no matter where it is applied.