Green groups warn EU over ‘excessive’ burning of recyclable waste

A coalition of green NGOs and trade bodies has written to EU negotiators, urging them to prevent incineration of non recyclable waste from being counted as renewable energy.

An EfW plant .Photograph: Ulrich Mueller/123RF
In the UK, many in the waste industry back the idea of using more EfW

A coalition of green NGOs and trade bodies has written to EU negotiators, urging them to prevent incineration of non recyclable waste from being counted as renewable energy.

The groups, which include Zero Waste Europe (ZWE), the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) and ClientEarth, say current energy from waste (EfW) subsidies have distorted waste markets and “thus discourage the separate collection of organics and other recyclables that do not receive subsidies”.

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