Debate revived on incineration of non-hazardous waste

Talks on an EC Directive on the incineration of all non-hazardous waste have been revived by the European Commission after a gap of two years. A proposal which would have required expensive treatment of solid residues produced by incinerators has been dropped from a revised draft tabled in May. Debate is now centred on the need for identical emission controls for all types of non-hazardous waste, a proposed limit for nitrogen oxides, and rules for co-incineration of waste in industrial processes. Meanwhile, a study for the Commission will stoke renewed controversy over incineration's role in the waste hierarchy by valuing the damage caused by municipal incinerators emissions at 10-60 ECU per tonne of waste - and possibly much more.

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