National Roundtable on Cost recovery and CBA in Waste Sector

Date: 12-13.04.2016
Place: Pristina, Kosovo*
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. Supporting efforts for establishment of cost recovery mechanisms ECRAN Regional workshop on Cost recovery in waste sector took place 18 - 19 March 2015 in Tirana, Albania.

General Objective

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

Specific Objectives

  • To establish common understanding on main terms, definitions and principles for cost recovery in waste sector;
  • To present experience of the Member States having different models of cost recovery;
  • To present and discuss legal basis and institutional mechanisms for tariff setting;
  • To analyse impacts of cost recovery for investment projects planning;
  • To familiarise with cost – benefit analysis and application of it in waste management sector;
  • To provide information on economic incentives for better waste management supporting achievement of waste recycling, biodegradable waste diversion and other targets as required by the EU waste management law;
  • To identify steps for establishment of national cost recovery system in waste sector;
  • To present CBA requirements and analyse relation of CBA to cost recovery in waste sector.

Expected Results of the meeting
The expected results are:

  • 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.

* this designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence