Denmark starts delivering on "green front": minister

Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-16 22:59:22|Editor: huaxia

COPENHAGEN, June 16 (Xinhua) -- A new broad political agreement on waste management foresees an increase in recycling, a reduction in incineration and Danes having to sort 10 different types of waste for collection, Dan Joergensen, Denmark's minister for climate, energy and utilities, said at a press conference here on Tuesday.

"Some people think we are here 20 years late. Everyone has known that the Danish waste sector certainly did not deliver on the green front. That is changing from today," he said.

"We have made an agreement that ensures that we will produce less waste, recycle more and burn less," Joergensen said.

The agreement between the government and the majority of parliamentary parties requires Danes to sort their waste into 10 different types for collection from July 1, 2021.

In addition, municipalities will be obliged to recycle 60 percent of plastic from Jan. 1, 2022, and increase investment in recycling plants to boost capacity.

A reduction in local incineration capacity has also been agreed upon, which means the amount of waste imported for incineration will also be scaled down. Enditem