Waste means any substance or object which the holder disposes of or is required to dispose of pursuant to the provisions of national law in force.

Disposal of waste means:

  • the collection, sorting, transport and treatment of waste as well as its storage and tipping above or under ground;
  • the transformation operations necessary for its re-use, recovery or recycling.

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  • Directive 75/442/EEC of 15 July 1975 on waste
  • Directive 98/2008/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 November 2008 on waste and repealing certain Directives (Text with EEA relevance)