The goal of the new waste management strategy currently under preparation is to significantly reduce municipal waste from its current annual level of 3.8 million tons, Minsiter for Innovation and Technology László Palkovics said in Budapest on Monday after holding talks with European Commissioner for the Environment Karmenu Vella.
As a potential solution, Palkovics mentioned the selective collection of communal waste. "There is still a lot to do in this area, there are technical reuirements as well, and we also have to raise awareness that waste is a resource, not trash," he said. The economic background for waste material recycling is not very strong in Hungary at present, but there have been major developments, Palkovics added.
It is also important in the case of waste not directly reusable that as little as possible end up in landfills as some of this waster can be used for energy, Palkovics pointed out.
Hungary does not wish to increase its waste incineration capacities but would upgrade existing plants so that they are able to operate at a much higher efficiency and at reduced or no environmental impact,
the minister said in an accompanying material released through state newswire MTI. Also, the EU offers considerable funding to waste management research, so the ministry is looking at setting up the required background for that, Palkovics added.
European Commissioner for the Environment Karmenu Vella called attention to EU funding schemes such as LIFE or Horizon2020 and emphasised that the EU would provide further financial support to Hungary as it builds the framework for its national circular economy.