Waste Framework Directive

At a glance

In 2016, as part of a shift in EU policy towards a circular economy, the European Commission made four legislative proposals introducing new waste-management targets regarding reuse, recycling and land-filling.
The new pieces of legislation also strengthen provisions on waste prevention and extended producer responsibility, and streamline definitions, reporting obligations and calculation methods for targets.

In July 2018 the EU’s Circular Economy Package entered into force, leaving the governments of member states will then have 24 months to transpose the directives into national legislation.  The agreed waste legislative proposals establish binding waste reduction targets and updated rules to decrease waste generation, ensure a better control of waste management, encourage the reuse of products and improve recycling in all EU countries.

The C&D waste targets were confirmed in the new package as 70 % C&D waste recycled by 2020.

More info: Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC)