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UK faces reproach for failures over waste oils

The UK should be censured by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for failing to prioritise the processing of waste oils by regeneration where possible, ECJ advocate general Christine Stix-Hackl has advised.

In a formal opinion (usually approved by the full court), she dismissed the UKs arguments that the Waste Oil Directive allowed it to avoid promoting regeneration if there were technical, economic or organisational constraints.

Britain had cited high levels of required investment and weak returns because of competition from cheap virgin oil. Meanwhile, the court has told Sweden to implement the directive, dismissing its mitigation of lengthy public consultation requirements.

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