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CIWM see that Dutch way works

The Dutch way of meeting long-term European waste targets has been flagged up as a good example by The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).

Its new report follows a recent study tour to the country, partly funded by a prize awarded to CIWM by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).

Methods the Dutch use include policy implementation at national, provincial and municipal level by a national waste management council; higher landfill tax and a close working relationship between municipalities.

As a result of the Netherlands Waste Management programme municipalities have been required to make separate collections of dry materials such as paper, textiles and hazardous waste.

With landfill tax at £80 per tonne, compared to the UK's £18 per tonne, landfill as a waste management option loses its appeal and other options seem cheap. This, along with a ban on combustible waste, has enabled the Netherlands to divert 80% of its waste from landfill.

After visiting four energy-from-waste plants including Allkmaar, CIWM's technical representative said: "Like the UK there is strong resistance to incineration plants and acceptance only come with conditions as demonstrated by the extension of the Alkmaar facility, where permission was conditional on installation of one of the best air pollution control systems in Europe."

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