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The Dutch point the way

British council’s could be set to learn from a country which has made a real success out of dealing with its waste.

While municipal recycling rates in the Netherlands average 60%, with some local authorities attaining as high as 80%, the figure in England struggles to get above 23%.

As most waste is landfilled in the UK, factors such as an increasing scarcity of land and the implementation of tough European targets means that alternative solutions for waste management need to be highlighted.

With this in mind, the Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) is organising a two-day fact finding mission to learn about the effective waste management strategies in that country.

An NBCC spokesman said: “A similar visit last year proved to be a great success and the NBCC expects a lot of interest from local and regional authorities and waste management companies to participate.”

The two day excursion, due to take place from June 27-28 will take in a pay-per-weight scheme, discuss successful campaigns, learn about the best infrastructure for collection, separation and treatment of various waste types and visit an organic composting facility near Utrecht.

Issues such as public awareness and the economics of incineration will also be discussed along with a visit to the largest and most efficient plant of its kind in Amsterdam.

For more information, contact Jochem Geheniau on 02075397960.

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