The official newspaper of the Catalonian Government has announced the introduction of Law 5/2017, on March 28th, which will affect tax, administrative and financial measures in the public sector, and also includes an alteration to Law 8/2008 which introduces a rise in waste disposal taxes.

Barcelona, 3 April 2017.

The new law will introduce a gradual rise in the levy, reaching €47.10 per tonne of waste disposed by the year 2020. Currently, the same tax varies between €19.10 and €28.70 per tonne. Furthermore, this new tax will also bring about an increase in incineration tax, up to €23.60 per tonne by the year 2020, which at the moment ranges between €9 and €20.20 per tonne.

Thus, the tax applied to the disposal, control and incineration of municipal waste regulated by Article 15 of Law 8/2008 will be updated gradually, over a period of four years, following the figures in the table below:


Year of Application Tax applied for disposal Tax applied for incineration
2017 €30.00 per tonne €14.50 per tonne
2018 €35.60 per tonne €17.80 per tonne
2019 €41.30 per tonne €20.60 per tonne
2020 €47.10 per tonne €23.60 per tonne


Regarding the funds collected from these taxes, at least 50% will go towards the treatment of selectively collected organic waste, including the treatments which reduce quantity and improve the quality of rejected waste intended for disposal.

These important increases in deposition charges are expected to encourage the correct separation of waste at the point of origin, with the overall goal being to minimise disposal in accordance with the objectives which, in regard to Circular Economy, are being encouraged by the EU through the programme entitled “Europe 2020”. Objectives which are also mirrored by the Waste Agency of Catalonia and have been applied by GGR in their management model “seco-húmedo” which separates waste depending on if it is wet or dry. According to Juanjo Duelo, of GGR: “…we should persist in the idea of a better separation system at origin point, using the simple wet/dry question, and therefore reduce overall waste sent for disposal.