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Parliamentary questions
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3 July 2015
Question for written answer E-010825-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Georg Mayer (ENF)

 Subject:  Waste management in Europe
 Answer in writing 

Waste management in Europe is an industry without a standard organisational structure: while reports come thick and fast in Italy about problems with the Mafia within waste management, there is criticism in Austria about government intervention.

In Austria, at present, waste disposal is regulated as follows: municipal household waste must be collected by local authorities — this is a mandatory public service — which may delegate the task to the private sector, while businesses may directly commission private-sector disposal firms to collect their waste for reuse.

The Upper Austria State Government has tabled a new bill which could make changes to the system in that the private-sector operators which have taken over the lucrative business of dealing with trade waste might end up with nothing. The planned waste management act was notified to the Commission earlier this year. Not until last week, however, was the bill circulated in Austria, too, for appraisal.

1. Are these plans to standardise waste management in Europe?

2. Waste is a valuable resource, but also poses major environmental hazards. Is it appropriate for ‘hazardous’ waste to be handled exclusively by public-sector enterprises so as to ensure that it is properly disposed of?

Original language of question: DE 
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