The European Commission has said it will use both ‘carrots and sticks’ to ensure
member states move waste up the waste hierarchy and comply with waste legislation
Frans Beckers, a director of Dutch waste services company the Van Gansewinkel Group,
picked up this thread by speaking of the importance of preserving resources rather
than burning them.
Frans Beckers commented on the overcapacity of incinerators in mainland Europe
Mr Beckers explained that his company imports RDF from the UK (see letsrecycle.com
story) and Italy but had recently closed one incinerator due to overcapacity and
urged others to follow suit.
He said: “We closed one of our incineration plants in the Rotterdam area. There is
overcapacity in Germany and we hope some of our colleagues will follow suit. We hope
more capacity will be taken out of the market. In the end we could harm recycling