The development marks the latest stage in Greenpeace's long-running war against waste incineration. Within the last six months, the group's Swedish branch has claimed that existing incinerators were producing ash with far higher dioxin levels than admitted by the government (ENDS Daily 6 December 1999) and alleged that most plants would fail to meet new EU air emissions limits on waste incinerators (ENDS Daily 16 March).
Official forecasts are that Swedish waste incineration will grow in importance, under pressure from bans on landfilling of combustible waste from 2002 and of organic waste from 2005.
Greenpeace says the trend is environmentally unacceptable. "Incineration of waste is not in accordance with a sustainable society and must be reduced, not increased," said campaigner Emma Öberg. The group claims that, as well as releasing hazardous substances, incineration discourages recycling and cleaner energy, while "creating a society dependent on waste".
In its latest report, Greenpeace calls on the government to impose an incineration tax, saying that Sweden is the only country in the Nordic region not to have one. Imports of waste from Norway, the Netherlands, Germany and Finland have increased at the same time, it adds.
Greenpeace Sweden, tel: +46 8 57 02 70 74.
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