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Waste

News

  • June/July 2013: European Parliament and Council agree on the text of the new Ship Recycling Regulation
  • 12.7.13: Draft FAQ document on the new WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU   
  • 11 July 2013: The Commission adopted a proposal to strengthen inspections on waste shipments through an amendment of the Waste Shipment Regulation. The documents are available as follows: Proposal to amend the Waste Shipment Regulation.
  • 4 June 2013: The Commission has launched a vast public consultation on the review of the targets of 3 key Directives – the waste Framework, the Landfill and the Packaging Directives
  • 19 March 2013: The Commission has published Roadmaps for 10 countries including tailored recommendations to improve waste management. More information...
  • 7 March 2013: The Commission has published a Green Paper on Plastic waste. The aim is to launch a structured discussion about how to make plastic products more sustainable throughout their life cycle and reduce the impact of plastic waste on the environment.
  • October 2012: Guidance document for preparing a Waste Prevention Programme published
    A guidance document aimed to support Member States when developing Waste Prevention Programmes is now available. The handbook clarifies the main concepts related to waste prevention, suggesting a framework to develop Waste Prevention Programmes and providing best practices and examples of national and regional programmes employing an effective mix of measures. It also includes a list of further resources on waste prevention theory and practice.
  • Technical Proposal for the review of the hazardous properties
    A draft Technical Proposal for the review of the hazardous properties is available now. Stakeholders are invited to provide comments to the Technical paper by 29 May 2012 at the latest.
    More information.
  • 16/04/2012: Getting gold from garbage – how some Member States are making waste a resource. Read more.
  • January 2012: New guidelines on enforcement actions and inspections.
  • Study published on "Implementing EU waste legislation for green growth" (BIO Intelligence Service).
  • 19/12/2011: WEEE/RoHS TAC Working Group preparing a RoHS 2 FAQ Paper: The Technical Adaptation Committee on the RoHS & WEEE Directives met on 21 October 2011. At that meeting, the Commission and Member States agreed to establish an official working group, pursuant to the TAC rules of procedure, for the preparation of an FAQ document for the new RoHS Directive 2001/65/EU (known as RoHS 2). Read more
  • 16/11/2011: The 2011 edition of the European Week for Waste Reduction will take place on 19-27 November. Please join!
  • 04/11/2011: New study on impact of RoHS scope changes: 1st stakeholder consultation launched. It is the main objective of this study to conduct an impact assessment with regard to scope changes between the RoHS 2 COM proposal and the final text of the Directive and to assess needs for further scope amendments. Project website on http://rohs.biois.com.
  • 25/10/2011: Stakeholder event on the use of economic instruments to support the application of waste hierarchy. Read more
  • Intervention by Ms Soledad Blanco during COP-10, Cartagena de Indias at the forum Prevention, Minimization and Recovery, Waste prevention, minimization and recovery – a role to play for the Basel Convention
  • 07/07/2011: Science for Environment Policy Future Brief "Plastic waste: redesign and biodegradability"
  • 01/07/2011: The RoHS Recast Directive (RoHS 2) was published in the Official Journal; entry into force on 21 July 2011. Read more... 
  • 10/06/2011: The Council adopted the first Regulation on end-of-waste criteria for iron, steel and aluminium scrap. Read more
  • 18/05/2011: Press release on options to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags and options to improve the requirements of biodegradability in the Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste and the visibility of biodegradable packaging products to consumers
  • The Council adopted the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Recast Directive on 27 May 2011. More information
  • The final report of the study on waste related issues of newly listed POPs and candidate POPs is now available.
    Read more...
  • New report on the Thematic Strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste
    Read more...
  • Commission report of 2 December 2010 on the exemption from the ban on cadmium granted for portable batteries and accumulators intended for use in cordless power tools [COM(2010) 698 final]
  • Corrigendum to Commission Decision 2010/571/EU of 24 September 2010 amending, for the purposes of adapting to scientific and technical progress, the Annex to Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards exemptions for applications containing lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (Official Journal of the European Union L 251 of 25 September 2010)
  • Options and Feasibility of a European Refund System for Metal Beverage Cans
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 1103/2010 of 29 November 2010 establishing, pursuant to Directive 2006/66/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, rules as regards capacity labelling of portable secondary (rechargeable) and automotive batteries and accumulators
  • Plastic waste in the environment - November 2010
  • Corrigendum to Commission Decision 2010/571/EU of 24 September 2010 amending, for the purposes of adapting to scientific and technical progress, the Annex to Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards exemptions for applications containing lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (Official Journal of the European Union L 251 of 25 September 2010)
  • On 15 October 2010, the Commission launched a new service to support Member States in implementing legislation on the transport of waste within, into, out of and through the EU. This includes a Forum where national authorities can rapidly exchange information/best practices and discuss questions concerning the day-to-day application of the EU Waste Shipment Regulation, including matters relating to the prevention of illegal shipments of waste. The Forum is also open to other stakeholders such as environmental groups, waste collectors, dealers, brokers, traders, academics and the general public. More complex enquiries will be dealt with by experts through a designated Waste Shipment Helpdesk. A set of Frequently Asked Questions will be posted on the Forum website, based on the answers provided by the Helpdesk. This will include clarifications on a number of issues, including classification and procedural matters, treatment operations, basic definitions and so on. The aim is to provide accurate and timely information concerning the Regulation and its implementation. The Waste Shipment Helpdesk and Forum are operated by BIO Intelligence Service on behalf of the European Commission. Enquiries are welcome by email, telephone: +331 53 90 11 75, or by letter to: Waste Shipment Regulation Implementation Helpdesk - c/o BIO Intelligence Service - 20-22 Villa Deshayes - 75014 Paris, France. To participate in the Forum, visit this page.
  • Study on waste related issues of newly listed POPs and candidate POPs". The interim report of the study is available. More information.
  • FAQ document on waste shipments
  • Legislation:
    Amendment of the POP Regulation.
    European Commission adds new dangerous chemicals to the list of chemicals that are prohibited or heavily restricted.
    More information