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Waste

Review of the Thematic Strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste

New report on the Thematic Strategy

In December 2005 the Commission published a Communication on the Thematic Strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste.

Progress towards the objectives set out in the strategy has been reviewed in a Report on the Thematic Strategy on waste prevention and recycling  adopted on the 19th January 2011 by the Commission which is accompanied by a Staff Working Document. It includes a summary of the main actions taken by the Commission, the main available statistics on waste generation and management, a summary of the main forthcoming challenges and recommendations for future actions. A leaflet summarises the main messages of the published report. A supporting study for the review has been achieved by consultants.

A stakeholder event to feed into the review was conducted on the 22nd June, findings from this event are being fed into the supporting study and the review of the strategy.

Follow-up to the Report on the waste Thematic Strategy

The report on the Thematic Strategy includes several recommendations including to take new initiatives to favour the use of economic instruments to implement the waste hierarchy. The Commission has therefore launched a study on the use of economic instruments and their possible impact on the waste hierarchy.

Background

The Thematic Strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste is one of the seven thematic strategies programmed by the 6th Environmental Action Plan.

This long-term strategy aims to help Europe become a recycling society that seeks to avoid waste and uses waste as a resource. It will draw on the knowledge that the thematic strategy on resources, also adopted on 21 December 2005, will generate.

An information event on the Thematic Strategy was held on 16 January 2006. Nearly 200 stakeholders heard presentations on the strategy, and had the opportunity to ask questions:

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