Hungary seen lagging far behind EU on recycling
BUDAPEST - Hungary severely lags European Union countries in waste recycling and will have to spend as much as $2.6 billion over the next 12 years to catch up, a waste management official said on Tuesday.
Henrik Balatoni, president of the National Association of Recyclers, said Hungary was only recycling five to 10 percent of its waste, compared with an EU average of more than 50 percent.
Hungary, one of the leading Eastern European candidates for EU membership, would need to spend between 400 billion and 700 billion forints ($1.48 billion-$2.59 billion) over 12 years to bring its waste-recycling programme up to standard, Balatoni told a news conference, according to national news agency MTI.
He added that this did not include the upgrading of existing waste dumps, of which only 10 percent met EU standards.
REUTERS NEWS SERVICE
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