German government agrees waste timber law

The German cabinet last Wednesday agreed a draft law providing nationally harmonised rules on handling waste timber. Differing state regulations currently apply, affecting timber materials from forestry, buildings and furniture. These are being brought together in a single ordinance under Germany's overarching ecocycle waste management law. Elements include rules on appropriate incineration of PCB-containing timber and strict control over materials destined to end up in consumer goods such as chipboard furniture. Both parliamentary chambers must approve the law, which is scheduled to take effect in 2003. See draft law.

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