Economic problems threaten Spain’s waste sector

Spain’s waste sector is facing a funding crisis and must rethink its models and improve efficiency if environmental gains of recent years are to be maintained, delegates were told at a conference held by the Institute for Resource Sustainability (ISR) on Thursday.

There is “a risk that cost-cutting priorities will lead to the replacement of adequate waste treatment,” ISR president Carlos Martínez told ENDS. In some places, bills need to rise eight-fold to fully cover the cost of treatment, he said, although “municipalities are penniless and almost all politicians reject the notion of charging citizens more”.

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