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European Parliament Approves Certain Soil Re-Uses on Contaminated Land

Technology industry “very pleased” over WFD revisions
09-07-2008

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) – the trade association for the environmental technology industry – has welcomed revisions to the Waste Framework Directive which were approved by the European Parliament last month.

The group’s aim is to maximise opportunities for effective materials recovery without jeopardising environmental standards. 

The EIC’s Waste Resources Management Working Group – which is comprised of members who supply technology and services to waste, recycling, treatment and landfill industries – was influential in campaigning for the amended Directive to contain a process by which reprocessed materials may be ‘declassified’ as waste, in a bid to bring consistency and certainty to material reprocessors.

Speaking yesterday (July 8th) at the EIC Annual Report press briefing, Anne Harrison, a member of the working group, said that members were “very pleased” to consequently see the Directive include provisions for the exclusion of unexcavated contaminated soil and excavated contaminated soil for reuse on site, a definition of ‘by-product’ and an article on end-of-waste status (see letsrecycle.com story).

In particular, she welcomed the end of life article, because it avoided the “catch-22 of new marketable materials not being considered for an end of waste criteria because they are new and not yet marketed, but being unable to attract markets because they remain defined as waste until a market is proven.”

Ms Harrison said: “Waste management can add time, cost and uncertainty to businesses who handle waste materials. Not only is there enormous potential for the UK economy’s bottom line for waste materials to be reprocessed into clean, useable materials and sold into existing markets, but it will also contribute to the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy.”

“The group’s aim is to maximise opportunities for effective materials recovery without jeopardising environmental standards”, she added.

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