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UK condemned over directive

The European Union has condemned the UK for failing to implement the 1991 Hazardous Waste Directive.

In a case at the European Court of Justice, brought by the European Commission, the UK was told that it had not fulfilled its obligations under the directive. This means that the country failed to implement rules on collection and measurement of hazardous waste, separation of combined waste and the recovery of waste.

When the case began, the UK admitted the breaches and promised to rectify them. However, it has still failed to do so and this forced the European Commission to take the UK to court.

A spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said that the UK would implement the directive by the summer of 2005.

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