German controlled waste imports down

Landfill ban has prompted first decline in a decade, environment agency reports

Germany’s environment agency has confirmed its own expectation that a national ban on landfilling untreated waste, enacted in June 2005, would bring down overall imports of controlled wastes – dangerous and other regulated waste - for the full year.  New agency figures show imports fell 8.3 per cent in 2005 after increasing in each of the previous ten years.  The agency predicted the decline a year ago (EED 06/10/05).  But it noted that the ban did not spur a decline in imports of hazardous waste such as used oil or solvents.  See press release.

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