Norway sets tight deadline for biodegradables

In a move inspired by the EU's 1999 directive on waste landfilling, Norway's pollution control authority (SFT) has proposed a strategy for banning all biodegradable waste landfilling by mid-2009. Paper, wood, textiles, food and sewage sludge would be covered by the ban, which is in line with the government's target - also 2009 - for 100% recycling of all such waste. An SFT spokesman said the targets were both earlier and stricter than the directive's because "we decided that would be better for the environment and probably for the economy". See press release.

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