Austria "could double" plastics recycling

Landfilling of waste plastics could be ended by 2008, says waste treatment association

An Austrian association for "eco-friendly waste treatment" has predicted that landfilling of waste plastics could be phased out entirely by 2008 in Austria, reports the latest issue of German specialist magazine EUWID Recycling and Waste Management. Nearly 70% of the 400,000 tonnes of waste plastics generated in 1995 were landfilled, it quotes Harald Hutterer of Gesellschaft für Umweltfreundliche Abfallbehandlung (GUA) as saying. Of the remainder, just under half - or 60,000 tonnes - was recycled into feedstock and the rest mechanically recycled. By 2008, feedstock recycling of waste plastics should be increased to 140,000 tonnes and all the balance incinerated with energy recovery, said Mr Hutterer.

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