Some topics are of particular concern to many European citizens. One of these is the worrying increase of waste production. The Community, indeed, generates each year around 2,000 million tonnes of waste. Over 40 million tonnes is classified as hazardous. Over the last six years, the amount of waste generated grew by 10 % a year. It is clear that we must stop and reverse this trend if we want to avoid being submerged by rubbish. The European Union defined and is pursuing a strategy to that end.
This strategy is addressed in this document. It is intended to inform local and regional players, NGOs, policy-makers at all levels, social partners and consumers, as well as citizens. We also hope this information will give you ideas about how you can make your own particular contribution towards resolving environmental problems.