The problem lies in how the city of Oslo, Norway is heated.
Trash plants provide about half of the energy required to heat the city and with very little garbage around Oslo has been importing trash.
So far cities as far away as Ireland have shipped refuse but there’s competition.
Other cities in Europe including Stockholm, Sweden are asking for trash and have even gotten some from other towns in Norway.
Northern Europe's plants can handle over 700 million tons of trash a year, but only about a fourth of that is produced.
So how do they propose to end that garbage gap?
The chief of Oslo's waste-to-energy agency told the Christian Science Monitor he’d like to look across the big pond.
"I’d like to take some from the United States, sea transport is cheap."