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Parliamentary questions
13 June 2012
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu (S&D)

 Subject: Municipal waste crisis in low-income countries

According to the most recent World Bank report, collection rates for municipal solid waste (MSW) range from a low of 41 % in low-income countries to a high of 98 % in high-income countries.

Given that:

1. solid waste that is not properly collected and disposed of represents a threat to public health (possibly causing air- and water-borne diseases);
2. waste that is poorly collected or incorrectly disposed of can have a detrimental impact on the environment (possible contamination of groundwater and surface water, as well as air pollution from burning of waste that is not properly collected and disposed of); and
3. MSW represents a considerable potential resource,

can the Commission state what measures it is taking or intends to take in order to help low-income third countries, in particular, in dealing with the growing problem of waste management, in such a way as to minimise the quantity of generated waste, improve the efficiency of waste collection and expand recycling and materials recovery in those countries?

 OJ C 262 E, 11/09/2013
Last updated: 25 June 2012Legal notice