The regional government of Andalucia - the scene of two major hazardous waste accidents in as many months - has passed a new waste management plan, including an option for companies to trade wastes. Under the scheme, firms will be able to advertise, buy and sell for reuse as raw materials or fuel. Trading will be managed by Andalucia's recently revitalised system of chambers of commerce. Under the waste management plan, the regional government will invest around SPta4.2bn (Ecu25m) by 2000 in a programme for the 136,000 tonnes of toxic and hazardous waste generated annually in Andalucia, recovering SPta1.8bn from the central government via the national waste plan. At present, only about 60% of hazardous wastes, much of which derive from the chemical and metallurgical industries, are dealt with properly by current standards. A main objective of the programme is to minimise waste generation at source, with support to companies to be offered by a new "minimisation office." The office will also aim to raise the level of industrial consciousness of modern, low-waste production technologies.
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