Waste management projects are to receive the majority of funding (39%) from the European Commission under its LIFE-Environment programme 2005. A total of €27 million will fund 31 waste management projects across Europe. Spain and France each have six approved waste management projects, the highest number of projects per country, while the UK has four.
The European Commission received 534 proposals for funding through the programme, and selected 89 projects. LIFE-Environment aims to help the development and implementation of EU environmental policy through financing innovative projects.
Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: "These innovations also contribute to achieving the EU's competitiveness and growth goals."
Of the 31 waste management projects seven will look at ways of treating and re-using sludge. One of the UK projects will demonstrate that a technique called enzyme hydrolysis is a safe, eco-friendly way of treating sewage sludge for re-use.
The other UK projects will look at reducing the disposal of non-sterile clinical waste in landfill through promoting its use as a raw material in recycled products, using advanced high-pressure water technology to recover material from used tyres, and innovative technologies for the recycling of glass waste streams that are currently unsuitable for most glass manufacturing processes.