Half Portuguese sewage sludge ‘not accounted for’

Almost half of the 260,000 tons of sewage sludge produced by Portugal’s wastewater treatment plants in the first half of 2018 was disposed of illegally despite electronic monitoring

Almost half of the 260,000 tons of sewage sludge produced by Portugal’s wastewater treatment plants in the first half of 2018 was disposed of illegally despite electronic monitoring of the transport of waste products, the environmental group Zero has said.

The group analysed data obtained from the Portuguese environment agency (APA) to assess the effectiveness of the electronic controls (e-GAR) introduced in January 2018 with the aim of tackling long-standing difficulties in tracing the final destination of waste products

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