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Environmentally Sound Waste Management?

Current Legal Situation and Practical Experience in Europe


Andrea Sander and Peter Küppers

This book assembles the revised papers presented to an international working conference on international waste policy convened by the Environmental Law Network International (ELNI) in May 1991 in Germany. The focus is placed on EC, national and regional waste management law, and implementation and practice in 15 countries of Europe. This is supplemented by analyses of relevant organisations and rich statistical material; thus offers a unique comparative overview. The pan-European perspective shows a serious risk of «eco-dumping», i.e. the export of waste to countries with lower disposal standard. On the EC level, the conference was presented with substantial evidence of non-implementation of existing legislation in Member States. Therefore «global domestic policy» must become the guiding principle of national and international regulation and one of the main tasks of environmental organizations. In this spirit, it was agreed that in future a Europe-wide continued exchange of information and experience shall take place between the NGOs in the field of waste.
Contents: Waste Management Practice and Law in Europe - EEC Regulations in the Field of Waste - Policy Concerning Waste Prevention of the EEC - Aspects of Minimization and Source Reduction in the Licensing Procedure of Waste Disposal Facilities.