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Resource Efficiency

Technical proposals published for end-of-waste criteria for biodegradable waste

27/01/2014

Proposals on the end-of-waste criteria for biodegradable waste subject to biological treatment have been published by the European Commission’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS). The criteria will help determine when a waste-derived product, such as compost or digestate, ceases to be waste and can enter the market as a product. On the basis of the report, the Commission will consider submitting of regulatory proposal. Read more…

The IPTS is one of the seven scientific institutes of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). Its main role is to support EU policymaking through a science-based approach, while also promoting better understanding of the links between technology, economy and society. The report is its contribution to the development of end-of-waste criteria for biodegradable waste subject to biological treatment being undertaken by the Commission in accordance with Article 6 of the Waste Framework Directive.

The report includes a possible set of proposals covering areas such as input materials, treatment processes and quality assurance. They are based on a detailed techno-economic analysis of the production process of compost and digestate derived from biodegradable waste, including an assessment of the economic, environmental and legal impacts of using these products.

The report says the purpose of end-of-waste criteria is to avoid confusion about the waste definition and to clarify when certain waste that has undergone recovery ceases to be waste. The proposed criteria have been developed to ensure adequate treatment and environmental protection while also supporting recycling. The IPTS says they should help to remove unnecessary administrative burdens and provide a high level of environmental protection as well as an environmental and economic benefit.

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