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Document 62017CA0487

Joined Cases C-487/17 to C 489/17: Judgment of the Court (Tenth Chamber) of 28 March 2019 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Corte suprema di cassazione — Italy) — Criminal proceedings against Alfonso Verlezza and Others (Reference for a preliminary ruling — Environment — Directive 2008/98/EC and Decision 2000/532/EC — Waste — Classification as hazardous waste — Waste which may be assigned codes for both hazardous waste and non-hazardous waste)

OJ C 187, 3.6.2019, p. 17–18 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

3.6.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 187/17


Judgment of the Court (Tenth Chamber) of 28 March 2019 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Corte suprema di cassazione — Italy) — Criminal proceedings against Alfonso Verlezza and Others

(Joined Cases C-487/17 to C 489/17) (1)

(Reference for a preliminary ruling - Environment - Directive 2008/98/EC and Decision 2000/532/EC - Waste - Classification as hazardous waste - Waste which may be assigned codes for both hazardous waste and non-hazardous waste)

(2019/C 187/19)

Language of the case: Italian

Referring court

Corte suprema di cassazione

Parties to the main criminal proceedings against

Alfonso Verlezza, Riccardo Traversa, Irene Cocco, Francesco Rando, Carmelina Scaglione, Francesco Rizzi, Antonio Giuliano, Enrico Giuliano, Refecta Srl, E. Giovi Srl, Vetreco Srl, SE.IN Srl

Operative part of the judgment

1.

Annex III to Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 November 2008 on waste and repealing certain Directives, as amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No 1357/2014 of 18 December 2014, and the Annex to Commission Decision 2000/532/EC of 3 May 2000 replacing Decision 94/3/EC establishing a list of wastes pursuant to Article 1(a) of Council Directive 75/442/EEC on waste and Council Decision 94/904/EC establishing a list of hazardous waste pursuant to Article 1(4) of Council Directive 91/689/EEC on hazardous waste, as amended by Commission Decision 2014/955/EU of 18 December 2014, must be interpreted to the effect that a holder of waste which may be classified under either hazardous waste codes or non-hazardous waste codes, but the composition of which is not immediately known, must, in view of that classification, determine that composition and ascertain the hazardous substances which may reasonably be found in that waste in order to establish whether that waste has hazardous properties and may, for that purpose, use the sampling, chemical analyses and tests provided for in Commission Regulation (EC) No 440/2008 of 30 May 2008 laying down test methods pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), or any other internationally recognised sampling, chemical analysis or test.

2.

The precautionary principle must be interpreted to the effect that where, following an assessment of the risks, which is as complete as possible having regard to the particular circumstances of the case, it is impossible, in practical terms, for a holder of waste which may be classified under either hazardous waste codes or non-hazardous waste codes to determine the presence of hazardous substances or to assess the hazardous property of that waste, it must be classified as hazardous waste.


(1)  OJ C 374, 6.11.2017.


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