Portuguese waste plan veers away from waste-to-energy expansion

Portugal’s finalised urban waste plan has removed controversial proposals for a major expansion of waste-to-energy, instead focusing on separate collection of packaging and bio-waste

Portugal’s finalised urban waste plan (PERSU 2020+) has removed controversial proposals for a major expansion of waste-to-energy, instead focusing on the separate collection of packaging and bio-waste.

The €600 million plan, published last Wednesday, more than doubles projected investment in selective waste collection to nearly €500 million. The €200 million earmarked in the draft plan for boosting capacity at waste-to-energy facilities, and in particular an incineration plant in Oporto, is reduced to €8-12 million for biogas and anaerobic digestion projects.

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