EU waste oil law "hampers sustainable business"

German recyclers say equal priority for all technologies best for environment, fair competition

German recycling firms have launched a new attack on EU rules on waste oils management, claiming they distort the market without achieving the best environmental outcome. Trade association BVSE's latest statement comes as the government is finalising plans to fully implement the waste oils directive in response to a 1999 ruling in the European court of justice (EED 09/09/99).

At issue is the directive's requirement on government to prioritise regeneration of waste oils into new oil products rather than recovery options such as use as fuels. BVSE says the government's plan to apply this clause is a "one-sided support policy" that will favour monopoly control of waste oils management by a single refinery.

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