Municipal waste burning "most expensive"

The Portuguese government's policy of expanding municipal waste incineration has been called into question by a report identifying it as the most expensive option. In a study ordered by Portugal's environment ministry, Lisbon's New University calculated that, after allowing for initial investment and compliance with recent EU legislation, incineration would cost €26.50 per tonne. An alternative strategy of waste separation and recycling plus limited landfilling would cost €16 per tonne. Portugal has three municipal waste incinerators. The government has plans to build another in the centre of the country. See New University of Lisbon.

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