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The municipality of Torrelles de Llobregat decided to implement a pay-as-you-throw municipal waste scheme to offer a more equitable charge for citizens who generate less waste. Before the implementation, all households paid a fixed rate of € 62.50 per annum. After the implementation, the charge includedfixed rate and a variable rate depending on the number of garbage bags delivered. Seven months after the implementation, recycling levels increased to 83% and the quality of materials collected separately had significantly improved. However, some problems like “waste tourism” or disagreement of a part of the population with this new system were detected.

Date
2004
Publication
Waste Age
Bibliographical reference
Puig Ventosa, I. (2004) Stabilizing Spain. Waste Age, Vol. 35, No. 3, p. 24.
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