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EU Waste Legislation


Several pieces of consolidated EU waste legisation can be downloaded from the European Union CELEX site, but please note that this is not complete.

Specific links to individual pieces of EU waste management legislation are provided below, divided into five main sub-categories:

  1. Framework European Union legislation on waste

  2. European Union legislation on waste management operations

  3. European Union legislation on specific waste streams

  4. Reporting and questionnaire legislation

  5. Useful links to other in/directly related legislation

Within each sub-category, the individual legislative instruments are listed in chronological order of adoption of the main pieces of legislation.  Where ancillary legislation is in existance, this is listed in chronological order below the parent legislative instrument.

Various instruments have not yet been made available on CELEX in full electronically, so that annexes, diagrams and tables are unable to be downloaded. In respect of some of these, there is though a facility via CELEX called 'TIF' which is able to deliver a full version - for this the user must click on the pale blue icon marked 'TIF' under the CELEX title of the instrument to order a copy by email.

NB: USER WARNING - The authoritative version of the legislation is contained exclusively in the Official Journal of the European Communities.