National Roundtable on Cost recovery and CBA in Waste Sector

Date: 30-31.03.2016
Place: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

Waste Framework Directive requires that, in in accordance with the polluter-pays principle, the costs of disposing of waste must be borne by the holder of waste, by previous holders or by the producers of the product from which the waste came. Also the cost shall be allocated in such a way as to reflect the real costs to the environment of the generation and management of waste.

Landfill directive requires that Member States shall take measures to ensure that all of the costs involved in the setting up and operation of a landfill site, including as far as possible the cost of the financial security and the estimated costs of the closure and after-care of the site for a period of at least 30 years shall be covered by the price to be charged by the operator for the disposal of any type of waste in that site.

Such requirements call for sound cost recovery mechanisms and use of economic instruments to reflect real environmental costs.

Countries in the region still lack well established methodologies for cost recovery. This problem is growing with each new investment into waste management operations. Economic instruments, except of packaging charges, are almost not used. Landfill taxes or similar instruments, which would support recycling and divert waste from landfilling are still to be developed.

Considering such a situation national roundtables are organised in beneficiary country in order to better reflect national situation and needs in developing cost recovery systems in waste sector.

General Objective

To provide practical knowledge on experience of the EU Member States and support establishment of cost-recovery mechanism in the country.

Expected Results:

Expected results are the following:

  • Delivery of presentations as foreseen in the agenda,
  • Established/ improved knowledge base regarding cost recovery mechanisms,
  • Established/ improved knowledge base regarding economic instruments in waste management sector,
  • Increased experience in cost benefit analysis,
  • Practical knowledge and experience in financial analysis.