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  • EC calls for better implementation of EU waste law

    The EC has published two implementation reports (20 November) on implementation of the community waste legislation for the period 2004-2006 that highlight the need for significant efforts by Member States to ensure that waste management meets the standards set by EU legislation. It is particularly scathing of the implementation of the Waste Framework Directive, the Landfill Directive and the ...

  • EU environmental liability directive soon to become law

    The European Union’s Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) will come into force in England from 1 March and will have an impact on waste management activities, according to international law firm Freshfields. The Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations require operators not only to take preventative action to avoid environmental damage occurring in the first place, but ...

  • Council shapes up for agreement on EU waste law

    EU governments are on course to agree a first-reading position in June on a revision of the bloc's legislative framework for waste treatment. Several issues remain to be resolved but a deal is expected to emerge by the time of an environment council scheduled for 28 June, sources say. Junior EU diplomats are holding two further meetings on the draft legislation this week and the file will move to ...

  • EU to revise laws on recycling and use of hazardous substances

    Improving implementation and enforcement of laws on electrical and electronic equipment and cutting unnecessary administrative burden are the main objectives of the revised directives proposed by the Commission today. The directives on the collection and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment and on the restriction of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment – ...

  • Fines on Italy and France over breaches of EU environmental law

    The European Commission has decided to refer Italy and France to the European Court of Justice a second time for failure to comply with judgements by the European Court of Justice from 2004. The Commission also asks the Court to impose fines on Italy and France. Italy has infringed the EU’s Waste Framework Directive by failing to clean up illegal landfills in Manfredonia and Rodano. This ...


  • Recycling sector asked whether EU biowaste law is needed

    The recycling sector has been asked whether a European Union (EU) biowaste law is required to reduce the amount of organic material that is landfilled in Europe. In a new green paper, the European Commission notes that biowaste usually comprises 30-40% of the 41% of municipal solid waste that is on average landfilled in the EU. The big problem here is that such dumped waste emits methane, “a ...

  • Strengthening role of national judges in the application of EU environmental law

    National judges are at the forefront of the implementation and application of EU environmental law in the Member States. In recognition of their role, the European Commission launched a co-operation programme with national judges to look specifically at issues arising from the application of EU environmental law. The first seminar of this programme is taking place on 28-29 May in Sofia with ...

  • UK will fail to meet EU landfill targets, new survey suggests

    More than half the UK waste sector believes that the UK will not meet its European Union Landfill Directive 2013 target, a new survey suggests. Law firm Norton Rose published the results of its 2009 Future of Waste PFI survey, three years since the firm conducted its inaugural survey in the UK. It interviewed 60 stakeholders (comprised of waste management companies, technical advisers, local ...

  • Dedicated EU body needed to ensure enforcement of European waste law, says commission study

    A European Commission study published today recommends setting up a dedicated European body to oversee the implementation and enforcement of EU waste law. The study is part of a series of steps being taken by the Commission to improve waste management and ensure it meets the standards set by EU legislation to protect citizens and the environment. Illegal dumping of waste continues on a ...

  • European Commission proposes to improve implementation of environmental law

    The Commission has set out plans to improve the implementation of the European Union's 200 or so laws on environmental protection. This fits within a wider Commission strategy for improving implementation of EU law announced in 2007, and coincides with the publication of the new Annual Report of the Commission on monitoring the application of Community Law in general. The Communication stresses ...

  • European Parliament Adopts Strict Waste Reduction Law

    STRASBOURG, France (ENS) - The European Parliament today tackled Europe's growing waste mountain when it strengthened the new framework legislation on waste proposed by the European Commission, the EU's executive branch. Despite existing legislation, Europeans are producing more waste every year. Currently, in some member states, up to 90 percent of municipal waste goes to ...

  • Commission refers Spain to Court over illegal landfills

    The European Commission is taking Spain to the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) over poor waste management in the regions of Andalusia, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Castile-La Mancha, Castile and León and Murcia. Despite earlier warnings from the Commission, Spain has failed to take measures to close, seal and ecologically restore 61 illegal landfills, as laid down by EU waste ...

  • Commission takes Bulgaria to Court over illegal landfills

    The European Commission is concerned that Bulgaria is failing to protect its citizens from the effects of bad waste management. Despite earlier warnings from the Commission, numerous Bulgarian landfills are still operating in breach of EU waste and landfill legislation, representing a serious risk for human health and the environment. In an effort to urge Bulgaria to speed up its actions in this ...

  • EU Biowaste Directive moves a pace closer

    European Union Member States have asked the European Commission to table a directive on biowaste in 2010 “if appropriate” and consider local conditions when drafting the new law. In December 2008, the Commission published a Green Paper on biowaste management in the EU and launched a consultation process to gather opinions on the possibility of a new Biowaste Directive. The EC defines biowaste ...

  • Commission pursues legal action against Italy over breaches in environmental laws

    The European Commission is pursuing legal action against Italy over two cases in which EU laws to protect the environment are being violated. One case concerns Italy's failure to comply fully with a European Court of Justice (ECJ) judgement condemning it for not adopting in full laws governing the landfilling of waste. In this regard the Commission is sending a first written warning under Article ...

  • Brussels suggests new EU waste management agency

    A new European Union agency could be created to enforce and implement EU waste control legislation. That is the proposal of a new European Commission report, which says the standard of waste disposal in some EU countries remains low. An EC spokesman said: “Illegal dumping of waste continues on a significant scale, many landfill sites are sub standard.” He noted that in some EU countries “basic ...

  • BACKGROUND TO BALI (2): Climate change and the EU’s response

    What is the problem? The world is getting rapidly warmer, and there is an overwhelming consensus among the leading climate scientists that this is being caused mainly by carbon dioxide and other 'greenhouse gases' emitted by human activities, chiefly the combustion of fossil fuels and deforestation. These gases remain in the atmosphere for many decades and trap heat from the sun in the same way ...

  • Systematic waste management systems lacking in Poland, says EU

    Today, 97% of municipal waste in Poland is stored in landfills without any pre-sorting. Although EU legislation is now in force in Poland, this is still the most popular means of waste disposal. Systematic approaches to waste management are lacking, and there are not enough waste recovery and recycling plants. At present, the issues of standards of conduct and means of providing services are ...


  • New EU legislation requiring collection and recycling of spent batteries

    Revised EU legislation that aims to protect human health and the environment by ensuring waste batteries are properly collected and recycled has been implemented. The directive also makes producers responsible for the management of batteries once they become waste. Adopted by the European Parliament and Council in 2006, the revised Batteries Directive should be transposed by Member States into ...

  • European Commission sends final warning to Spain over illegal landfills

    The European Commission has sent Spain a final written warning for poor application of EU legislation on the treatment of waste. Spain still needs to close and restore 87 illegal landfills which are receiving 660,000 tonnes of waste per year. In addition, a large number of illegal landfills that have been closed need to be restored. This final warning follows an initial warning sent in March last ...

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