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EU Confirms Landfill is the Last Place You Should Put Waste

officially a “last resort” option for EU

EU ministers have officially approved a new framework for across their 27 member countries, including a five-step hierarchy for waste treatment which classes “energy-efficient a recovery operation”. The directive also sets new targets.

By 2020, must recycle 50% of their household and similar waste and 70% of their construction and , says the new directive.

It also contributes to legal simplification by repealing the current waste , the directive on hazardous waste, and part of the directive on . The says it also “modernises” by:

* introducing an
* clarifying the notions of recovery, disposal, end of waste status and by-product
* defining the conditions for mixing hazardous waste
* and specifying a procedure for the establishment of technical minimum standards for certain .

The directive “introduces a new approach to waste management that encourages the prevention of waste,” states the Council, with safe listed as “a last resort” in the hierarchy, which all governments and local authorities must apply when developing .

“By promoting the use of waste as a , the new directive is intended to reduce the landfill of waste as well as potent arising from such ,” the Council states.

The directive’s approval comes after several years of tough negotiations, with a proposal to overhaul the EU’s waste policy originally tabled in 2005.

To reach agreement the Parliament had to drop any reference to binding waste prevention targets to be applied at a national level. EU countries will instead have to adopt waste five years after this directive comes into force.

In adopting the directive the Council accepted all amendments voted by the European Parliament in the second reading in June. Member states are “required to transpose the directive into national law within two years”. More…

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