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  • The Commission has adopted the report on the implementation and on the impact on the environment and the functioning of the internal market of the Batteries Directive (2006/66/EC) on the 9 of April 2019. The Commission has also published the report on the evaluation of the Batteries Directive.
  • The final report of the Study on POPs Waste is available. An advanced copy can be downloaded (pdf, ~9,96 MB)
  • The final report of the Study in support of the evaluation of the Directive 2006/66/EC on Batteries is available. An advanced copy of the report and other documents prepared for the evaluation are now available.
  • Commission reviews implementation of EU waste rules, proposes actions to help 14 Member States meet recycling targets.
  • Proposal for a single-use plastics directive: The Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and bandoned fishing gear.
  • EU Member States approved a set of ambitious measures to make EU waste legislation fit for the future as part of the EU's wider circular economy policy (  New EU waste package video
  • Circular Economy: the Commission delivers technical guidance on classification of waste as announced in the Communication on the implementation of the circular economy package: options to address the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation.
  • Representatives of Member States and of Stakeholders will participate in a meeting of the Expert Group on Waste (Batteries), scheduled for the next 14 of March, where the initial findings of the Study in Support of the Evaluation of the Batteries Directive will be presented
  • Notice to stakeholders withdrawal of the United Kingdom an EU waste law
  • Conference: "Municipal waste management and waste prevention"
  • Circular Economy: Commission delivers on its promises, offers guidance on recovery of energy from waste.The package also contains a proposal to update legislation to restrict the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS Directive). Press release
  • 29 January 2016 - Conference on Separate Waste Collection in the Context of a Circular Economy in Europe. Read more...
  • New study shows Capitals of Slovenia, Finland and Estonia as top performers in separate waste collection. Read more...
  • Commission helps 8 Member States to improve their municipal waste management. Read more...
  • Closing the loop: Commission adopts ambitious new Circular Economy Package to boost competitiveness, create jobs and generate sustainable growth. Read more...
  • The European Parliament objected to the Commission draft Delegated Directive C(2015) 383 final amending, for the purposes of adapting to technical progress, Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards an exemption for cadmium in illumination and display lighting applications. Therefore, current exemption 39 of Annex III remains valid until a decision on the renewal application is taken by the Commission.
  • Exemption n. 7(b) of Annex III to RoHS directive: application for renewal was withdrawn by the applicant. Since no other applications were submitted for this exemption, the Commission services closed the related renewal procedure. Exemption n. 7(b) of RoHS 2 Annex III will expire on 21/07/2016 for categories 1 to 7 and 10 of RoHS Annex I.
  • Several requests to renew exemptions under the RoHS 2 directive 2011/65/EU were submitted in the period 07 October 2014 to 21 January 2015 - Table updated on the 31/03/2015
  • 15 October 2014: the Commission adopts the Report on the availability of mercury free cells for hearing aids
  • 2 July 2014: The Commission adopts the Circular Economy package, including the Waste Target Review
  • 10 May 2014: Let's Clean Up Europe
  • 2 April 2014: European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) Awards 2014: The finalists have been chosen!
  • 4 November 2013: The Commission adopts a legislative proposal to reduce plastic bag consumption in the EU
  • 18 September 2013: Stakeholders Workshop “EPR Guidance Study” in Brussels
  • 30 September 2013: Conference on Plastic Waste to be held in Brussels
  • 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
  • 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.
  • New report on the Thematic Strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste
  • 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