Dutch government still working out details
of planned tax on waste imports

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07.07.2019 − 

The Dutch government caught the European waste management industry off guard with plans to introduce a tax on foreign wastes imported for landfilling or incineration. According to a letter sent to the Dutch Parliament by climate minister Eric Wiebes, the measure is intended to "create a level playing field for the incineration and landfilling of all waste in the Netherlands”. Domestic wastes sent to energy from waste (EfW) plants and landfills have been taxed in the Netherlands since 2015. Intended as a climate measure, the tax would not affect wastes imported for recycling. Around a quarter of waste incinerated at Dutch EfW plants comes from outside the country.

Mr Wiebes did not specify the level of the tax and a spokesman for the for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management told EUWID that the amount of the tax would not be made public until the budget is presented to Parliament in the autumn. The budget will be released at the opening of the Parliamentary session on 17 September.

However, if creating a level playing field means setting the tax on imported waste equivalent to comparable taxes on domestic waste, the price of imports would appear set to rise by around €32/t. While no other information on the details of the proposal are yet public, the IenW was able to clarify that the tax, if adopted by the Dutch Parliament, would go into effect on 1 January 2020.

The full article with reactions from market participants appears EUWID Recycling & Waste Management No. 14 on 10 July.

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