Garbage collection costs to increase

13th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

13 August 2007, BRUSSELS – A Flemish family will have to pay about 25 percent more than currently for household garbage collection by the year 2015. In 2005 households paid EUR 222, this will increase to EUR 274 by 2015.

13 August 2007

BRUSSELS – A Flemish family will have to pay about 25 percent more than currently for household garbage collection by the year 2015. In 2005 households paid EUR 222, this will increase to EUR 274 by 2015.

Flanders is preparing a new household waste plan. The waste management plan that is set to expire had predicted a per household charge of EUR 161 by 2007; that amount has long been exceeded.

Municipal expenditure on household waste collection and processing will increase by 30 percent to EUR 456 million. Almost 250 million of this total will be needed for processing the waste; half will go to incinerating non-recyclable waste.

The cost price per household depends on the amount of waste produced by the population. In 2005 some 160 kg of waste had to be processed for each resident. The new waste management plan aims to reduce that amount to 150 kg.

On a positive note, in 2005 5,963 tonnes less in single-use drink packages were brought on the market (mostly glass bottles). On the other hand, the amount of reusable, and hence environmentally-friendly, packages has decreased by 1,659 tonnes.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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