EU member states at odds over compost rules

The EU executive has organised a third stakeholder meeting to determine which types of biodegradable waste can be designated in a way to allow them be used as fertiliser

Member states are at loggerheads over EU end-of-waste criteria for compost. The EU executive has organised a third stakeholder meeting on the matter for 26 February to determine which types of biodegradable waste can be designated as "products".

Such a definition would allow the waste to be used as fertiliser.

Countries' compliance with the forthcoming EU criteria will be voluntary, but if treated waste does not meet the EU criteria, it can only be marketed within national borders. Member states must agree a regulation on the criteria by comitology, under the EU’s Waste Framework Directive.

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