EU court in landmark waste shipments ruling

Judges widen scope for transfers to be classed as for recovery but assert authorities' rights to verify

The European court of justice has produced a highly significant interpretation of European rules on intra-EU waste trading that is set to have positive and negative effects on the waste industry. Delivered in Luxembourg today, the ruling gives the first definition in case law of what constitutes waste recovery under the EU 1993 waste shipments regulation.

Responding to questions referred to it by a court in Austria, the ECJ said any waste dumped as a filling material should be classified as recovered rather than disposed of if it replaces other materials which would have had to be used for that purpose.

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