BIR Takes Action Following Italian Decree Affecting Scrap Exports

Recycling association expresses concern that export certificates differ from EU regulations.

April 26, 2012
Recycling Today Staff
Ferrous Legislation & Regulations Nonferrous

The Bureau of International Recycling has officially approached the European Commission and the Italian Environment Minister after having been informed of far-reaching amendments to the Italian waste shipment regulation. The BIR says that the Italian decree, which adds new requirements to the previous regulation, seriously affects shipments of recyclables from Italy, including ferrous and non-ferrous metals scrap, to countries outside the EU.

According to the decree, dated April 4, 2012, each international waste shipment must be accompanied by a certificate issued by the authorities in the destination country confirming that the environmental standards applicable in that country are comparable to those prescribed in the EU.

In its letter to the EU Commission, BIR expresses strong concern that the amended Italian legislation differs from the EU regulation 2006 on waste shipments, which is applicable in all EU member states and which should be enforced in the same manner everywhere in the European Union.

BIR also wrote to the Italian Environment Minister Corrado Cini, highlighting the negative impact the legislation would have on Italian operators, while jeopardizing the supply of steelworks, non-ferrous metals smelters, foundries and paper mills around the globe.