A legal opinion in the European court of justice has supported strong rights for EU governments to prevent exports of waste under the bloc's 1993 waste shipments regulation. The opinion also proposes criteria for deciding whether depositing waste in disused mines should be regarded as disposal or recovery.
The waste shipments regulation aims to harmonise controls on intra-EU waste trade with a view to limiting waste movements to protect the environment. The regulation gives both sending and receiving authorities greater powers to block movements if waste is to be disposed than if it is to be recovered.
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