German trade waste law nears the statute book

Cabinet agrees draft ordinance after upper house has its say; entry into force early in 2003

German industry will have to ensure that 85% of commercial and construction waste is recovered for recycling under a draft law now nearing the statute book. The cabinet approved an amended version of the trade waste ordinance yesterday, accepting several amendments from the upper parliamentary house. Approval by the lower parliamentary house is still required, however.

Environment minister Jürgen Trittin said in a statement: "Firms will now have to separate their waste just like every household....This will bring to a halt the still widespread practice of dumping trade waste in cheap landfill sites."

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