Netherlands waste imports biggest in Europe
by FFE EU News staff
The Netherlands’ waste-to-energy policy has become so successful that firms have been feeding their power plants with waste from abroad.
Britain, Ireland and Italy have been the biggest exporters to Netherlands with over a million tonnes of waste annually.
However, the power plants have been experiencing overcapacity, which leads insiders to expect that the market for waste imports will double soon. The Netherlands has also been producing less domestic waste due to economic downturn and recycling schemes, making the country look abroad for solutions.
Dutch firms processing waste to produce energy are currently being paid, and the import of waste from other countries generates millions of Euros.
Ella Stengler of the European waste-to-energy group Cewep said that the policy is also being implemented in Sweden and Denmark.