The environmental protection organization “Zero” accused the Ministry of Environment of violating the new waste legislation and used 50 million euros from the Environmental Fund to fund the burning of renewable waste in Lisbon and Porto.
The new waste law approved in December 2020 stipulates that, in addition to prevention, reuse and recycling, subsidies should not be provided for waste management activities, but should be provided for the burning of renewable waste in Lisbon and Lisbon incineration plants. Make the “completely opposite” decision and blame zero in the statement.
The association added that the decision of João Pedro Matos Fernandes not only goes against the goals of developing a circular economy and recycling, but is not only an “obstacle to the fight against climate change” but also a “society Injustice and national cohesion on the ground.” (Because it does not apply to the entire country).
The zero allegation takes into account the new waste regulations 244 and 308 of 2020, which set tariffs applicable to incinerators and benefit from tariff bonuses. Tariff dividends will be gradually reduced until December 31, 2023.
The regulations also stipulate the non-compliance with the “targets set in the Urban Waste Strategic Plan (PERSU), that is, the targets for the transfer of biological waste”.
In a letter to the Minister of Environment on March 26, Zero expressed concern about the government’s decision to “use funds from the Environmental Fund to support costs related to the incineration of municipal waste.”
In addition, he added that the two municipal waste management systems (SGRU) and the two autonomous regions on the African continent will benefit from these funds, and their recovery rate is significantly lower than the 2020 target set by Europe, which clearly encourages incineration. Will bet on recycling as it should be. “
Zari also said in the letter that he did not understand the meaning of “biological waste transfer” in the decree, he did not understand why one person could only benefit Lisbon and Porto, and he did not understand the ministry’s choice. The environment finances incineration.
“When Portugal only recycles more than 20% of urban waste, it has failed to achieve its 2020 recycling target. By 2025, it will have to reuse and recycle 55% of its waste, and it will reach a 60% waste recovery rate by 2030. By 2035, 65% of waste will be reused. Matos Fernandes believes that Zero said in a statement released today: “It is appropriate to spend tens of millions of euros from public funds to encourage the burning of recyclable materials. “
Zaire said that Lisbon and Porto are optimistic about social and national cohesion as unfair measures, adding that the Ministry of the Environment and the sector’s European policies are in a “counter-cyclical” manner, which has promoted the “resolution of attacks on protectionism”. Program”. Therefore, the environmentally correct choice is to remove support for burning recyclable materials.