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Revision of the Landfill Directive

By virtue of Article 5(2) of the Landfill Directive, by 2014, the Commission was required to prepare a report based on the practical experience gained by Member States in the pursuance of the targets laid down in Articles 5(2)(a) and 5(2)(b) of that Directive, accompanied, if appropriate, by a proposal with a view to confirming or amending these targets in order to ensure a high level of environmental protection.

On 2 July 2014, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal to review waste-related targets in the Landfill Directive as well as recycling and other waste-related targets in Directive 2008/98/EC on waste and Directive 94/62/EC on Packaging and Packaging Waste. The proposal aims at  phasing out landfilling by 2025 for recyclable waste (including plastics, paper, metals, glass and bio-waste) in non-hazardous waste landfills, corresponding to a maximum landfilling rate of 25%. More information, including the text of the proposal and background documents, can be found here.