Mixed picture for Spanish waste management

Statistical office figures show proportion of toxic industrial waste incinerated increased in 2005

Spain more than doubled incineration rates for toxic industrial waste from 2004 to 2005, new waste management figures from Spain’s statistical office show. It incinerated 17.2 per cent of waste in 2005, up from up from 6.2 per cent. Spain also recycled less of its toxic industrial waste. Recycling and incineration of non-toxic wastes both rose, while landfilling fell to 28.8 per cent from 43 per cent a year earlier. Progress towards separate collection of municipal waste is slow. Rates for paper, cardboard and glass are up marginally, while mixed packaging collection fell sharply. See statistical office release (Spanish).

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