Mismanagement of waste streams
However, should the EU, after discussing the present draft, come to the conclusion that plants for the thermal treatment of municipal waste should also be included in EU emissions trading, emissions trading must apply to the entire waste sector and, above all, primarily to landfills, “in order to avoid undesirable developments”. , Spohn continues.
According to ITAD, the EU’s plans mean there is a risk that municipal waste will increasingly be diverted to landfills in the EU, which cause climate-damaging methane emissions, or be exported to third countries “with less pronounced circular economy structures”, according to a press release. The association therefore agrees with the EU rapporteur’s suggestion to first carry out a comprehensive assessment of the industry as a whole. (hp)