DEFRA to review guidance on definition of waste

The Environment Department, in consultation with the Environment Agency, plans to review guidance on the interpretation of the definition of waste originally provided in 1994, according to Environment Minister Elliot Morley.1

The review follows several recent judgments on the definition of waste by the European Court of Justice (ENDS Report 346, pp 61-62).

An improved definition of waste may be included in the forthcoming EU thematic strategy on waste prevention and recycling, due by mid-2005 (ENDS Report 341, pp 53-54). One possibility would be to add to the general definition criteria which determine when a specific material or object becomes waste, and when a given waste should no longer be considered as waste. But such an approach would have to be limited to key products and waste flows.

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