EU waste disposal ruling hits packaging talks

Conciliation delayed while states address judges' direction that incineration does not count towards recovery

Negotiations to finalise a revision of the EU's packaging directive have been postponed while all sides try to cope with the belated realisation that, following a September 2002 court ruling, incinerating packaging waste no longer counts towards meeting the directive's waste recovery target.

Denmark, which incinerates a large proportion of its municipal waste, is leading a charge to either modify the law to explicitly contradict the ruling or to include an declaration stating that incineration can be counted temporarily, pending a permanent resolution.

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