Condemnation for Dutch waste export curbs

European court of justice overturns rule encouraging objections to waste shipments for recovery

The European court of justice has again overturned Dutch restrictions on trade in waste for recovery. In a judgement published on 14 October, the court condemned national rules encouraging objections against proposed shipments where the percentage of waste recoverable in the EU state of destination is lower than that in the state of dispatch.

The ruling marks a success for the European Commission, which brought the case. The EU executive argued that the Netherlands had essentially maintained an earlier requirement - itself previously struck down by the Luxembourg court - that treatment abroad had to be more effective than at home.

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