Catalonia introduces Spain's first landfill tax

The Catalan parliament last week approved a tax on municipal waste dumping. From January, landfill operators will have to pay €10 per tonne of waste accepted. The tax is expected to raise €13.5m in its first year. According to Jordi Macarro of the Catalan waste executive the tax "has no precedent in Spain". "It's initial objective", he said is to reduce landfilling to just 31% of municipal waste arisings by 2006. The regional government of Spain's capital, Madrid, is expected to introduce a similar initiative shortly. See Catalonian environment department.

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