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Madrid plans to phase out incineration by 2025

Madrid plans to phase out incineration by 2025

. Madrid will close the Valdemingómez incinerator and take a key step towards better waste management

The Madrid City Council presented its new waste strategy (2018-22) last week, which aims to transform the Spanish capital's waste management system in accordance with European and Spanish preparation targets for recycling and reuse.

Madrid faces key challenges, such as the low rate of separate collection and the need to mainstream separate collection of biological waste. However, as an ambitious move, the city plans to significantly reduce its remaining waste capacity and phase out incineration. Under this framework, the Valdemingómez urban incinerator with an annual production capacity of more than 300,000 tons will be reduced to 50% of its production capacity in 2022, and will eventually be closed in 2025.

The proposal was welcomed by environmental activists and citizens, who have been fighting for the closure of the facility for a long time because it caused a lot of nuisance.

Madrid’s plan to shut down incinerators demonstrates a clear commitment to improve the city’s waste management, and we welcome this move. In order to continue to develop in this direction, the European Zero Waste Organization urged the city hall to quickly introduce the separate collection of biological waste and ensure the effective separation of the five main parts.

For more information, please read the press release of our team in Spain, Amigos de la Tierra España.

¡ Big notice! Anuncian el cierre de la incineradora de Valdemingómez. ¡ Victoria de los movimientos ciudadanos y ecologistas! #IncineradoraNo #IncineraciónNO #Noalaincineración #ResiduoCero

-Amigos de la Tierra (@AmigosTierraEsp) June 28, 2018

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