Hazardous waste Directive will alter UK "special waste" rules

The official text of the revised EC "framework" Directive on hazardous waste is now available.1 In the UK, the legislation is most likely to affect existing definitions of "special" waste.

A framework Directive on toxic and dangerous waste was adopted in 1978. Proposals to amend it were issued by the European Commission in 1988 (ENDS Report 163, pp 24-6), and would have required some significant changes in UK practice, including official inspections of hazardous waste producers.

The final text will make less of an impact on UK practice. Like its predecessor, it lays down general rules on hazardous waste management which are

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