Defeat for Agency on definition of waste in land spreading case

A Crown Court judge has dismissed a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency under waste management law on the grounds that the material in question does not count as "waste". The case involved the spreading on farmland of condensate produced by an animal rendering works - an activity causing alleged odour and water pollution. If the courts applied similar thinking to other activities in which industrial by-products are spread on land, the Agency could find its powers severely curtailed.

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