ReChem wins three-year breather on hazardous waste imports

The Government has finally put some flesh on the bones of its policy of national self-sufficiency in waste disposal. The long-promised ban on imports of hazardous waste for final disposal in the UK is now in the offing, although it may not take effect for some years and will allow continuing imports in some circumstances. Persistent lobbying by ReChem International, the company most exposed to an import ban, has bought it time to find other sources of wastes to feed its incinerators. Exports of waste for final disposal overseas are also to be banned, but the uncertainty over exports for recovery will not be resolved for at least several months while international discussions continue on what materials should be classified as "waste" and which of these should be regarded as "hazardous".

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