Portugal warned over incineration subsidies

Portugal risks missing a 50% recycling target in 2020 due to the €20 million annual renewables support given to waste-to-energy plants in the country's two largest cities, campaigners have warned

Portugal risks missing a 50% recycling target in 2020 due to the €20 million annual renewables support given to waste-to-energy plants in the country's two largest cities, campaigners have warned.

Much of the 1 million tonnes of urban waste which Lisbon and Oporto incinerate annually, 22% of the national total, could be recycled, the Portuguese NGO Zero claimed last Friday.

Recycling rates in the two cities are lower than the national average and their 2020 recycling targets set by the government, 42% for Valorsul and 35% for Lipor, compare to targets of up to 80% in some inland regions, the NGO said.

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