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Stakeholder consultation on the appropriateness of setting targets for bio-waste recycling

Policy field(s)

Environment, Waste

Target group(s)

Interested stakeholders

Period of consultation

3.12.2010 – 31.01.2011

Objective of the consultation

The Commission adopted on 18 May 2010 a Communication on future steps in bio-waste management in the European Union (COM(2010)235 final). This Communication includes an analysis of the bio-waste management options in the EU and outlines further actions in this area. Increased composting and anaerobic digestion were identified as two options where potential benefits appear to be significant. However, due to the different conditions in Member States, it was estimated that further work was needed, notably from the subsidiarity perspective, before considering proposing an EU target for biological treatment (likely going hand-in-hand with enhanced separate collection). The Commission committed itself to continue an analysis on the appropriateness of setting such targets by 2014 at the latest under the Waste Framework Directive.
Given that the subsidiarity aspect and related issues need to be examined more thoroughly, the data base and analysis should be strengthened in particular in respect of the following aspects:
a) Problems with implementation of existing legislation;
b) Subsidiarity issues;
c) Value added of setting bio-waste recycling/separate collection targets;
d) Rationalising the level of bio-waste treatment targets.
In order to improve the analysis, DG Environment would like to request stakeholders to share their views and experience by providing answers to the questions listed below which correspond to the topics listed above. It is important that any replies to these questions are supported with verifiable evidence, preferably based upon quantitative data.
This consultation is run by the DG Environment of the European Commission with the assistance of the BIO Intelligence Service supported by VITO and ARCADIS with the purpose to collect stakeholder contributions.

How to submit your contribution

If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.
Interested parties are invited to send their comments by e-mail, the latest on 31 January 2011, to or by post to:
European Commission
Directorate-General Environment
Unit C.2 - Development and implementation of waste management legislation
B-1049 Brussels

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

View the questionnaire 

Reference documents

Contact details

responsible service

DG Environment


postal address

European Commission
Directorate-General Environment
Unit C.2 - Development and implementation of waste management legislation
B-1049 Brussels

View the contributions

In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

Results of consultation and next steps

Stakeholders comments have been published on the publicly available website mentioned in consultation paper.
Further exchange with stakeholders will be held after the consultation has ended for those issues where further need for information and / or need for (technical) discussion has been identified.

Summary of the Stakeholders comments

Protection of personal data

Specific privacy statement