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Germany plans to cut waste bureaucracy

The German cabinet last week approved a draft law to cut red tape in regulation of waste management. The proposal scraps a series of requirements that, according to the environment ministry, are unproductive, including one on firms to create and keep a waste management plan. It stipulates that regulators should operate a fully electronic notification system for waste transactions by 2010. The ministry claimed that the switch would cut costs and make data sharing smoother. If the measure is approved by parliament, it could take force in early 2006. See press release.

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