Finnish government to double waste taxes

National waste plan pushes for higher waste recovery, less dumping of biodegradable waste

The Finnish government has proposed doubling waste taxes over the next three years in a bid to boost recovery rates. A newly approved national waste plan covering the years 2002 to 2005 stresses the need for urgent measures to improve waste management practices in Finland. Previous policies have not worked sufficiently well, it accepts (EED 22/09/00).

Under the plan, waste taxes are to rise in steps from their present level of €15.14 per tonne of waste to €30 per tonne by 2005. Revenue is to be used to increase government spending on research and development and other investments in waste management.

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