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On 26 February, ACR+ member Area Metropolitana Barcelona (AMB), the Government of the Generalitat of Catalonia through ACR+ member Catalan Waste Agency (ARC) and the 36 metropolitan city councils formalised the Barcelona Metropolitan Agreement on Zero Waste. The landmark accord will result in an overhaul of Barcelona’s waste management strategy, which is currently based on incineration, ecoparks and dumping. 
Thus, by 2025, both commercial and residential entities will pay customised fees for waste collection based on how much they generate. Furthermore, the ecoparks system, where mixed waste is recovered for recycling at a rate of circa 12%, will be replaced by more specialised treatment plants that will allow for recovery rates as high as 90%.
The agreement will be included in the Metropolitan program for waste prevention and municipal resources and waste management 2017-2025 (PREMET25). Adopting the plan has been one of AMB’s priorities in recent years, in an effort to overcome the plateau in separate waste collection that it had hit, and which has stagnated around 35% of the metropolitan selective collection. The ultimate goal of PREMET25 is to ensure that the Barcelona metropolitan area is compliant with the EU-wide waste recycling targets of 55% in 2025 and 60% in 2030
Source: (in Catalan)


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