EEC waste law and national measures

In one of a series of cases with important implications for the packaging industry, the European Court of Justice has recently considered the validity of national measures banning the sale and use of non-biodegradable containers and bags.

Knichem Base and Others v Comune di Cinisello Balsamo (Case 380/87, The Times European Law Report, 10 August 1989) arose from a 1987 order by an Italian local municipal authority prohibiting both the supply of shop customers with non-biodegradable bags and other containers for carrying away their purchases, and the sale of any plastic bags other than for refuse disposal. Several companies representing packaging interest challenged the vali

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