Spain details waste incineration increase plan

Ministry sets out waste management projections in revised plan; unions dispute figures

Spain's environment ministry has sketched out further details of projected increases in waste incineration and cuts in landfilling to be brought about by a revised national waste plan (EED 27/02/07).

The plan targets a 30 per cent rise in incineration capacity, to 2.7m tonnes per year, and a 40 per cent cut in biodegradable urban waste landfilling to 4m tonnes annually by 2016.  Other new targets include reducing packaging waste by four per cent to 2012, banning non-biodegradable plastic bags progressively from 2010, and closing Spain’s 43 remaining illegal waste dumps.

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