Garbage Incineration in Europe: Subsidies Distort the Market

Zero Waste Europe concurs with a new draft report from the European Parliament that calls for an end to subsidies for burning garbage. “We have been calling for the elimination of financial support for energy extraction from mixed waste as this subverts one of the key cornerstones of the EU waste policy – the waste hierarchy” said Janek Vahk, Development and Policy Coordinator at Zero Waste Europe.

The Zero Waste Europe Press Release (dated July 6, 2017) continues:

The effect of the financial support to waste to energy has so far resulted in a clear distortion of the market, whereby the choice of waste management options and the investment in waste infrastructure have been based on such subsidies, rather than on a sound environmental and economic performance. As a consequence, several European countries, e.g. Denmark and Sweden, have overinvested in energy from waste plants, whilst under investing in recycling facilities.

For more details contact: Janek Vahk at 
janek@zerowasteeurope.eu +32 (0) 2 503 64 88

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Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Recycling and Economic Growth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is a member of ILSR's Board of Directors.