American companies want more EU waste harmonisation

The EU Committee of AmCham wants harmonised rules on waste and more scientific criteria for designating waste as hazardous.

The EU Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce wants more harmonised rules on waste and more scientific criteria for designating waste as hazardous. In a recent position paper, the organisation, which represents US companies operating in the EU, says that it is concerned regarding the ways in which waste is classified as hazardous.

In June, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that EU member states may unilaterally classify wastes as hazardous even if these wastes are not mentioned in the EU's Hazardous Waste List set up by Directive 91/689/EEC. This results in extra costs and market uncertainty for companies and undermines "the credibility and authoritative character of the Hazardous Waste List", according to the EU Committee.

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