Development of guidance on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
The study started in December 2012 and has a duration of 15 months.
The aims of the study are to:
Describe, compare and analyse different types of EPR systems in the EU.
Identify necessary conditions and best practices for the functioning of EPR systems.
Propose and assess options to promote an optimal use of EPR in the EU.
The study is structured as follows:
European overview of existing EPR schemes in 28 MS (benchmark)
In-depth evaluation of 36 case studies in (focusing on 6 waste streams: Packaging, WEEE, ELVs, batteries, paper, oils
Identifying the main optimal characteristics for EPR schemes, options for common approach (“golden rules”)
Assisting Member States in improving waste management based on an assessment of their waste policy performance
Launched as part of the Commission's efforts to ensure proper implementation of EU waste legislation, this study aims at supporting EU Member States with the largest implementation gaps. It comprises the following phases:
The study was launched in December 2011 and should be finalised in May 2013.
The Commission supports extensive research in the area of biodegradable plastics. The Community funded BIOMAT website gives details on the extensive amount of bioplastic research that has been carried out over the past 15 years under the different framework programmes. There is substantial potential for research projects on bioplastics under the Seventh Framework Programme (2006 - 2010) across several themes, and particularily from the biorefinery and microbial routes. For more information on Community funding opportunities for research, see also: http://cordis.europa.eu/en/home.html
Economic analysis of options for managing biodegradable municipal waste
Construction and Demolition Waste
End of Life Vehicles
European List of Waste
Study on the Review of the European List of Waste: see information on the Waste Framework Directive pages
Feasibility of the establishment of a Waste Implementation Agency
Green paper on Plastic Waste – results of the consultation
Implementing EU waste legislation for green growth
This study contains an in-depth analysis of the effects of proper implementation and enforcement of EU waste legislation, both in terms of the economic, social and environmental benefits of implementing EU waste legislation as well as through a number of specific case studies in Cyprus, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands. The study also describes the necessary tasks to be carried out in order to overcome current implementation barriers and includes a number of options on how to deal with these tasks.
Management of mining, quarrying and ore-processing waste in the European Union
Study on the implementation of the Packaging Directive and options to strengthen prevention and re-use
Evaluation of Costs and Benefits for the Achievement of Reuse and the Recycling Targets for the Different Packaging Materials in the Frame of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC
Annex 2 (~286K)
Annex 4 ( ~23K)
Heavy Metals in Waste - 2002
Costs for Municipal Waste Management in the EU - March 2002