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Great News! Gipuzkoa to save €250 million after scrapping the construction of the incineration plant

Great News! Gipuzkoa to save €250 million after scrapping the construction of the incineration plant | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"Although Gipuzkoa will have to pay the so-called SWAP, speculative products contracted by the former managers of the GHK (the Gipuzkoa Consortium for Waste Management), it will still have significant savings after stopping the construction of the incineration plant to have more recycling-oriented facilities."


The Organic Stream's insight:

This is an important story. Without cases like this, governments and municipalities who are (perhaps tentatively) questioning the viability of incineration in their community may sometimes lack the confidence needed to make a stand.


Here we have a clear example of how much can be saved by investing in sustainable material management infrastructure and fighting against a badly planned (and unsustainable) incineration project.


The Gipuzkoa provence was set to build an oversized incinerator - which, on top of the €500 million budget, would have forced them to import waste or raise taxes to keep the plant running. This is not an uncommon problem with incineration plants (Sweden is set to import nearly 1.5 million tonnes of waste from 2015 per year for this purpose, for example).


Their success in scrapping the project means great cost-savings for Gipuzkoa. Although they will have to build alternative (and more sustainable) infrastructure and still pay SWAP fees  - they are still set to save €250 million.


Thanks to Zero Waste Europe for translating.

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Cultivating Climate Justice: Brazilian Workers Leading the Charge Toward Zero Waste

Cultivating Climate Justice: Brazilian Workers Leading the Charge Toward Zero Waste | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The recycling workers of Brazil are on the forefront of a nation-wide movement for zero waste.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Great article covering the growing recycling and Zero Waste movement in Brazil!


We are proud to have been able to be a part of some of this year's zero waste events, and we continue to be inspired and encouraged by the great work being done all across the country.

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