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Waste Prevention


National Waste Prevention Programmes

The revised Waste Framework Directive requires that Member States establish, by 12 December 2013, national waste prevention programmes. These programmes shall be evaluated at least every sixth year and revised as appropriate. They shall be integrated either into the waste management plans or into other environmental policy programmes, as appropriate, or shall function as separate programmes. If any such programme is integrated into the waste management plan or into other programmes, the waste prevention measures shall be clearly identified.

The programmes shall set out the waste prevention objectives. Member States shall describe the existing prevention measures and evaluate the usefulness of the examples of measures indicated in Annex IV to the revised Waste Framework Directive or other appropriate measures. The aim of such objectives and measures shall be to break the link between economic growth and the environmental impacts associated with the generation of waste.

Prevention targets and indicators

According to the Article 29(3), Member States shall determine appropriate specific qualitative or quantitative benchmarks for waste prevention measures adopted, in order to monitor and assess their progress. To this end, they may develop targets and indicators. It follows from Article 29(4) that indicators for waste prevention measures may be adopted by the Commission in accordance with the procedure of Comitology. Article 29(5) also obliges the Commission to create a system for sharing information on best practice regarding waste prevention and develop guidelines in order to assist the Member States in the preparation of the programmes.

Annex IV of the Directive gives examples of Waste Prevention Initiatives.