Trittin hails German landfill ban

German environment minister Jürgen Trittin has hailed the introduction of new national rules banning the landfill of untreated household waste as "a milestone in environmental protection". Under the new rules, which exceed the requirements of the EU's 1999 landfill directive, waste managers in Germany must either incinerate the waste or subject it to mechanical-biological treatment (MBT) (EED 02/12/04). Mr Trittin said that by exceeding EU requirements Germany had served as a model for other countries and would win export contracts for its MBT equipment. Adopting the technology had created 15,000 jobs nationally, he said. See German environment ministry press release.

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