Norway "redefines" waste responsibilities

Government proposes legal changes to shift responsibility from local authorities to industry

The Norwegian government has submitted legislative changes to the pollution control act, obliging industrial companies to take more responsibility for waste treatment and disposal. The aim is "to promote sorting at source and recycling of waste", environment minister Børge Brende said in a statement.

Under the new legislation, which would take effect from July 2004, the present distinction between consumer and production waste would be dropped in favour of industrial versus household waste. The effect would be to reduce the burden on local authorities of waste generated by industry.

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