Greece taken to court for ‘poor waste management’

The European Commission is referring Greece to the Court of Justice for “poor treatment” of hazardous waste. The Commission said the nation is still failing to comply with EU standards […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The European Commission is referring Greece to the Court of Justice for “poor treatment” of hazardous waste.

The Commission said the nation is still failing to comply with EU standards five years after the first ruling, which noted the absence of a management plan to deal with medical and chemical waste.

It is asking the Court to impose a €14.9 million (£11.6m) fine and a daily penalty of more than €72,000 (£56,196) until a strategy is adopted.

Requirements include additional labelling, record keeping, monitoring and control obligations from the “cradle to the grave”, i.e. from the waste producer to the final disposal or recovery, the Commission stated.

It added: “Hazardous waste must not be mixed with other waste streams as it poses a greater risk to the environment and human health than non-hazardous waste. It therefore requires a stricter control regime.”