At its session on 6th March 2015, the Federal Council of Germany passed a resolution on an amendment to the 4th Resolution on the Implementation of the German Federal Immission Control Act (BlmSchV). As reported by the German Federal Association of Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Disposal („Bundesverband Sekundärrohstoffe und Entsorgung e.V.“ – bvse), this amendment concerns the classification of plants and systems used to recycle and remove waste and other materials as IED plants/systems according to section 8 of the 4th BlmSchV and the specification of types of procedure for authorisation. The revision stipulates that other waste treatment plants and systems for hazardous waste with a throughput capacity of 10 tons or more per day of the catch-all clause stipulated under no. must be classified as IED plants/systems and subjected to the formal authorisation procedure in the future.

The revision aims to adjust the provisions of the 4th BlmSchV to meet the requirements of European law stipulated by the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU. According to critics, however, the amendments that have now been approved actually extend past the requirements of this directive. The bvse recently joined forces with a multitude of other associations to object to these amendments but was unfortunately unsuccessful.

According to the bvse, by implementing this revision, the German Federal Government has now created worse conditions for German waste management companies than for companies in other European countries for the umpteenth time and in doing so, has yet again made it more difficult to establish a level playing field.

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