Mining residues and EU waste law

In the latest of what sometimes seems like a never-ending series of judgments on waste legislation, the European Court of Justice has again been asked to consider the meaning of waste and its application to production residues. It has continued to adopt an expansive definition of "waste" under EU law - but for the first time it has also considered the provisions in EU waste legislation which exclude certain categories of material from its scope, and has offered a glimmer of hope to Member States which wish to use non-waste legislation in controlling these materials.

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