Italy rapped over waste recovery licensing

Court condemns lack of waste recovery plant controls, but rejects Commission claim on land-spreading

The European court of justice has condemned Italian rules on non-hazardous waste recovery. Recovery plants exempted from a general permitting regime must still be subject to throughput limits, the court ruled.

Bringing the case, the European Commission argued that Italy was in breach of the EU framework waste directive. In its defence, Italy argued that forbidding plants to use their full treatment capacity would mean having to dump recoverable waste. This would undermine environmental protection, it said.

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