UK: Europe - The hard road to harmony - REFUSE DISPOSAL.

UK: Europe - The hard road to harmony - REFUSE DISPOSAL. - Peter Wilsher is a freelance consultant and writer.

Peter Wilsher is a freelance consultant and writer.

Britain is good (and cheap) at garbage disposal. EC rules could hurt.

While Maastricht, which was supposed to chart Europe's future, remains bogged in confusion and second thoughts, the creation of the single market goes majestically ahead. The target date for its completion, 31 December 1992, is now less than three months away, and everything is, more or less, on schedule. Or is it? To get a feel for the more intractable realities of "harmonisation" and the construction of "level playing fields", it is instructive to look at one of the humblest and least glamorous aspects of economic activity: garbage disposal. We are all in favour (aren't we?) of the free movement of goods, services, capital and labour in the new frontierless society that Delors and his political colleagues have been working so hard to organise. But somehow we don't seem quite so keen when the items in question are truck-loads of other people's unwanted rubbish. Especially when the consignment includes quantities of noisome and probably toxic industrial waste.

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