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German Environmental Law

Environmental law is complex, and has evolved from a baffling array of international and national treaties and conventions. German law and practice are models for European initiatives, as the continent transitions to a sustainable economy.

The German Federal Waste Landfill Ordinance (AbfAblV 20/02/2001, in force 01/03/2001, Last Amendment 13.12.2006), full title: "Ordinance over the environmentally-friendly landfilling of municipal waste". The aim is to prevent the landfilling of wastes which could have impacts on the environment, without the need for any pre-treatment.

The ordinance is aimed at landfill operators, waste incinerator owners, and owners of waste to be disposed of. Furthermore, the Regulation applies to the deposition and treatment of municipal waste. It is to be considered as an extension of the TA Municipal Waste Disposal Ordinance. The provisions of the TA municipal waste to landfill classification criteria and the requirements for location, construction and operation of landfills have been adopted in the regulation.

The ordinance expired n 16 July 2009, and is taken over by two landfill regulations: „Deponieverordnung“ (DepV) of 27. April 2009 (BGBl. I S. 900) and „Gewinnungsabfallverordnung“ (GewinnungsAbfV) of 27. April 2009 (BGBl. I S. 900, 947).