EU reconsults on biowaste collection plans

European commission issues green paper on treatment of garden and kitchen waste streams

The European commission has launched a fresh consultation to investigate whether the EU should agree harmonised rules on the collection and recycling of biowaste.  A green paper published on Wednesday summarises the history of the issue and lays out possible future action.

The commission drafted biowaste legislation over three years ago but then shelved the plans (EED 15/04/05), prompting complaints from campaign groups, industry and several member states (EED 31/05/06).  The newly-revised EU waste framework directive has required it to reopen the issue (EED 26/11/08).

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