Europe urged to rethink the waste hierarchy

Danish economics institute gathers experts to demand more flexibility, less harmonisation

A group of economists brought together by Denmark's Environmental assessment institute (EAI) has called on the EU to rethink its use of the waste hierarchy. The bloc places too much emphasis on recycling, and recycling targets are too harmonised, the institute said following a seminar at its Copenhagen offices.

Complaints about "rigid" application of the waste hierarchy are almost as old as the concept itself. EAI is calling for cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to be used as the key tool to prioritise between waste management options. Four years ago EU employers' association Unice was calling for exactly the same kind of flexibility under a banner of "integrated resource and waste management" (EED 28/03/00).

Please sign in to access this article. To subscribe, view our subscription options, or take out a free trial.

Please enter your details

Forgotten password?

Having trouble signing in?

Contact Customer Support at
subs@endseurope.com
or call 020 8267 8120

Not a subscriber?

Take a free trial now to discover the critical insights and updates our coverage offers subscribers.