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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”)

Project website

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:

  1. Identifying objective criteria to assess the waste management situation in all Member States;
  2. Screening of Member States according to these criteria in order to provide a 'scoreboard' and identify the 10 Member States with the largest implementation gaps. The screening report is available from the following link. Press release - Municipal waste Management.
  3. Issuing, for these 10 Member States, concrete policy recommendations/Roadmaps and organising 10 bilateral meetings with relevant authorities in the respective capitals to discuss the way forward (autumn 2012); 
  4. Finalising the study and organising a final meeting with representatives of the 10 Member States (March/April 2013).

The study was launched in December 2011 and should be finalised in May 2013.


Biodegradable Waste

  • 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:

  • Economic analysis of options for managing biodegradable municipal waste 

Executive Summary (pdf~50K)
Final Report (pdf~ 1,200K)
Appendices (pdf~1,020K)

Construction and Demolition Waste

End of Life Vehicles

European List of Waste

Feasibility of the establishment of a Waste Implementation Agency

Green paper on Plastic Waste – results of the consultation

Household waste

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.




Packaging and Packaging Waste

POPs - Persistent Organic Pollutants




Other Waste Studies