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First shipment of Naples rubbish arrives in Rotterdam

Monday 23 January 2012


Work began on unloading the first shipment of household waste from Naples, Italy, in Rotterdam port on Monday.

Over-capacity at Dutch waste-powered electricity plants led the government to licence waste disposal firm Van Gansewinkel to process some 50,000 tonnes of Italian waste, Nos television says.

In addition, energy firm Eon is negotiating a contract to dispose of 150,000 tonnes of rubbish from Naples. And earlier this month, it emerged German waste may also soon be imported to the Netherlands for disposal.

No solution

However, Delft University professor Bendiks Jan Boersma told Nos importing waste is not the right solution to Italy's waste disposal problems.

Instead, people should be encouraged to sort their waste more carefully. 'We should generate as little waste as possible,' he said. ' Now it is becoming a lucrative business.'

Boersma also warns that the Italian waste may contain dangerous substances which will be released into the atmosphere when the rubbish is burnt. 'Burning waste is not clean, so I have to ask why we have to do it here?' he said.

Photo: Kees Spruijt/Novum

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Readers' Comments

so then roughly translated: we send Italy our tax money, and they send us back their household garbage. apparently, this was agreed on by our 'great leaders' in politics. does this look like good common sense to anyone?

By Bill | 23 January 2012 3:03 PM

The Italians pay €150 per tonne of waste to be burned. Which is the double amount that Dutch towns pay to the waste processing firms.
By the way, Belgian and British waste is being burned for quite some time now in the Netherlands. Why didn't that get some headlines in the press?

By pepe | 23 January 2012 4:01 PM

Yes, if you consider the profit made in the Netherlands, and the fact that additionally Italy will probably pay a premium for importing the electricity produced.

By Tania | 23 January 2012 4:28 PM

I think you are confusing between Italy and Naples. This is a typical issue from a City, not from a Country.

If you want to discuss about national issues (e.g., taxes), then it is another story.

What do you think about it?

By Mike | 23 January 2012 4:36 PM

Well, the cost for Italy to send the rubbish to the NL is about 120 euros per ton ...Van Gansewinkel is getting about 6 Millions euros for getting this 50000 tons, its not that they are doing this for free...

By Fab | 23 January 2012 4:47 PM

@Bill. No. Naples paid the Netherlands for taking her garbage so, it's not your tax money going to waste.

By LS | 23 January 2012 5:25 PM

@Bill: Yes you have summed this up pretty precisely, makes sense ha? Pay italy and Germeny for their rubbish and then we can poison Dutch land and air when we burn it, great, this makes real sense not to mention the C02 emissions gertting it to Holland where we can make even more C02 when burning it.

By AndyT | 23 January 2012 5:38 PM

Bill, stop the populism, please. This is a business transaction. The city of Naples is paying a PRIVATE company in Netherlands to take their rubbish and burn it in The Netherlands.

By Andre L. | 23 January 2012 7:21 PM

Hope the Dutches are aware that there is the concrete risk that together with the household garbage also illegal waste is probably shipped too.

By Alberto | 23 January 2012 7:23 PM

Folks, I was making a loose (and to many people, a humorous) metaphor for the failing EU situation; a situation which was called 'dangerous for the entire global economy' yesterday by the new IMF chief Lagarde. No worries, I'm kind of used to Dutch folks taking things too literally and without much sense of humor.
Besides, how on earth could I ever top the populism that Holland has recently become internationally world famous for?? Known all over the world for it!

By Bill | 24 January 2012 7:19 AM

>Over-capacity at Dutch waste-powered electricity plants...

Ah, does that mean the people living here are generating much less waste than expected? Then, why don't we get a subsidy on waste disposal? Why do we have to pay hundreds of euros every year to the municipality for disposing of our waste? I would appreciate it if they do such a thing first, before (gainfully) serving as a dustbin for other countries.

By GGG | 24 January 2012 8:46 AM

@Andre/LS: YES. You DO send your tax dollars to Italy via multiple EU programs and bailouts.. Only to have them send some of it back so that you can burn their toxic trash. And YOU will have to pay for cleanup of the trash burning site someday. So yes, actually you do pay the Italians to burn their toxic garbage here in Holland.

By Kevin | 24 January 2012 11:54 AM

Italy is a far bigger country then NL - they can burn or bury their own crap, why the hell would we want it here? Just for a few extra pennies as usual.

By Simon Sur | 24 January 2012 3:24 PM

The mafia in Naples controlled the refuse removal and disposal industry. They had a dispute with the City powers / Government and ordered that no refuse is to be collected. No Italian company dared touch this refuse for fear of reprisal from the Mafia and so it sat in the streets for months / years - imagine the smell, the poor hygeine. Must be awful!

I hope that this Dutch company is not going to be subject to reprisals from the Mafia of Naples!

By A nonny mouse | 24 January 2012 7:37 PM

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