Italian waste deadline delayed yet again

Environment ministry puts off limits on landfilling for third time, says new decree is imminent

The Italian environment ministry announced yesterday that it was postponing yet again strict controls on waste landfilling that were due to take effect today. The issue would now be addressed "in a definitive and satisfactory manner" through a new decree intended to transpose the EU's 1999 landfill directive, the ministry said (EED 29/05/02).

Under the so-called Ronchi decree of 1997, only inert and treated waste plus incinerator ash should have been allowed to go to landfills from January 2000. The deadline was subsequently put back to July 2001, and then again to today as it became clear that it could not be met.

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