Revision of EC sludge directive challenges land spreading

A draft working document from the European Commission has proposed stringent new controls on the levels of metals and organic compounds allowed in sewage sludge spread on land. Although it is intended to put sludge disposal to land on a more sustainable footing, the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) fears the standards are so tough that they may promote alternative disposal methods such as incineration. Manufacturers of some consumer goods may be forced to reformulate their products to eliminate contaminants such as zinc.

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