Portuguese city varies waste charges
Portugal is joining the growing number of EU states in which variable municipal waste collection charges are used to promote recycling. The country's first such scheme was announced last week by the city of Portimao in the Algarve. The charge is based on the quantity of waste produced by households, shops, restaurants and hotels. According to Portuguese environmental group Quercus, several other municipalities have expressed interest in following Portimao's lead. But Lisbon and Oporto, both of which have large waste incineration capacities, are thought to be unlikely to follow suit. See Quercus.