Consignment notes agreed for transfrontier waste shipments

Existing EC legislation on the transfrontier shipment of hazardous wastes has been tidied up and extended by two new Decisions from the European Commission.

Detailed EC rules on transfrontier waste shipments were established by a 1993 Regulation which came into force earlier this year.

A missing ingredient has been a standard consignment note. The form this document should take has now been established by one of the new Decisions.1 The consignment note will also serve as a certificate attesting that the specified disposal or recovery operation has been completed.

The second Decision amends the existing red, amber and green lists of wastes subject to different forms of control when shipped across borders.2 The amendments reflect changes agreed at wider OECD level, and are largely reclassifications of particular wastes within each of the three lists.

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