Autonomous Community of Madrid ratifies Sustainable Waste Management Strategy, with investment of 448 M€

The Autonomous Community of Madrid is to allocate over 448 million euro to implementing its new Sustainable Waste Management Strategy, representing the greatest financial investment ever in this area by a Madrid regional government.

One of the main measures of the strategy is that the regional government will support associations of municipalities by subsidising 50 % of the cost of domestic waste treatment facilities, despite the fact that this area is the competence of local authorities. The Sustainable Waste Management Strategy of the Autonomous Community of Madrid 2017-2024 defines regional policy in the area of waste and establishes the measures needed to achieve the targets set out in European and Spanish legislation, as well as the objectives set out in the Spanish State Waste Framework Plan (PEMAR) 2016-2022.

Through the implementation of this Strategy, progress will be made towards achieving the objective of reducing the amount of waste generated, with the ultimate target being “zero waste to landfill”, whilst at the same time aiding economic growth and the creation of green jobs. For this purpose the Strategy defines a management model based on waste prevention, reducing the environmental impact of waste management and converting waste into resources.

The Strategy seeks to: implement a clear waste management model that is accessible to citizens and the actors involved; promote the best waste management possible at a reasonable cost to public authorities and management companies; and create the conditions to achieve an effective reduction in waste, and increase preparation for reuse, recycling and sustainable treatment.

A prevention programme and ten management plans

The Sustainable Waste Management Strategy of the Autonomous Community of Madrid  2017-2024 comprises a Prevention Programme and ten Management Plans for each waste type: domestic and commercial waste; industrial waste; construction and demolition waste (C&DW), waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE); batteries and accumulators; end-of-life vehicles; end-of-life tyres; PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls); WWTP sludge; and contaminated land.

The Prevention Programme features measures to reduce the weight of waste produced by 10 % by 2020, with respect to the 2010 figure. Five lines of action are envisaged for this purpose: communication and awareness; extending the service life of products; waste prevention in companies and public offices in the Autonomous Community of Madrid; and biowaste prevention (food waste).

The ten plans also feature different lines of action, including: fostering waste prevention; promoting source-segregated biowaste collection; improving waste management and treatment; implementing more research and control in waste management; a commitment to R&D&i; administrative cooperation; fostering the use of recycled materials; improving soil quality management; waste decontamination initiatives, etc.  

Waste collection and treatment

Apart from providing 50 % of the cost of domestic waste treatment facilities to associations of municipalities, the regional government will also support municipalities with smaller populations. In 2019, it will subsidise 100 % of the cost of collecting domestic waste in municipalities with populations of less than 1,000 and 70% of the cost in municipalities with populations of less than 2,500. Municipalities with populations of less than 5,000 will receive subsidies to cover 100 % of waste transfer and treatment costs until 2021. This subsidy will be gradually reduced (to 70 % in 2024).