MEPs adopt waste position following epic vote

Parliamentary committee backs compromise on key issues but leaves incinerator status unclear

Stakeholders are busy dissecting the outcome of Tuesday’s mammoth vote in the European parliament environment committee on proposals to revise EU waste laws.

During two hours of voting, the committee made a number of key changes to the European commission’s proposals. MEPs approved 14 compromise amendments drafted by rapporteur Caroline Jackson (EED 14/11/06).

These include an obligation for member states to stabilise overall waste production by 2012. They also specify a clear five-stage EU waste hierarchy for operators to follow in descending order of priority while only allowing for member states to depart from the hierarchy in "exceptional" circumstances.

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