Italy condemned over EU waste definition

European court says food scraps and excavation debris intended for re-use are waste; Rome also chastised over water law

The European court of justice has condemned Italy for three breaches of EU waste legislation. Rome has adopted too narrow a definition of waste in national law transposing the legislation, EU judges said.

Italian law wrongly excludes food scraps and leftovers used to produce animal feed, and excavated earth and rocks intended for re-use, from the scope of the EU waste framework directive. These materials should be classified as waste and subject to the EU's strict waste handling rules, judges confirmed in two verdicts delivered on Tuesday.

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