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(p. 656) 18. Waste management 

(p. 656) 18. Waste management
(p. 656) 18. Waste management

Stuart Bell

, Donald McGillivray

, Ole W. Pedersen

, Emma Lees

, and Elen Stokes


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date: 18 September 2019

This chapter deals with the legal control of waste. Waste management law is a good example of mixed regulation, because a wide range of mechanisms is used to address not only the problems of pollution caused by waste disposal, but also positive mechanisms, such as producer responsibility, which attempt to address the causes of waste production. The chapter concentrates on the regulation of the waste chain, from initial production to final disposal. This includes coverage of the difficult question of the definition of ‘waste’ and a brief explanation of the application of the environmental permitting system that now covers waste management. In general, the chapter looks at national law, although the important contribution of European law and the purposive approach to regulation is also considered.

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