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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 ...

  • Industry debates EU end of waste criteria

    Letsrecycle.com organised an End of Waste conference which consisted of debates regarding the figures from the glass, organics, paper and plastic recycling sectors. Concerns were raised about the EU criteria for paper and also that the status for glass is only eligible for materials used in remelt. Ulrich Ix, president of the European Federation of Glass Recyclers, which has more than 32 members ...


    By GPT Waste Management Ltd

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...


  • Commission takes Greece back to Court over illegal landfills and asks for fines

    The European Commission is taking Greece back to the European Court of Justice for failing to implement an earlier ruling on illegal landfills. In 2005, the Court ruled that Greece was not taking sufficient measures to close down and rehabilitate illegal landfills, of which there were several hundred operating across the country. Eight years later, in view of insufficient progress since the ...

  • EU member states should stabilize waste production by 2012

    Waste production should be stabilized by 2012, said the Environment Committee in a second reading report, adopted this week, on a proposal to revise the EU framework directive on waste. The committee voted to reinstate most of Parliament's first reading amendments that were not taken up by the Council, and reiterated Parliament's call for re-use and recycling targets. Over 1.8 billion tonnes of ...


    By European Parliament

  • Blue Sphere Corp. Announces Uzbekistan Landfill and Compost Joint Venture

    LONDON - Blue Sphere Corp. (OTCBB: BLSP) (the "Company" or “Blue Sphere”), a company in the Cleantech sector as an Emission Reduction project integrator, is pleased to announce that it has completed its due diligence on the Uzbekistan project announced on May 11, 2010 and has entered into a joint venture agreement to implement the project. The project, which is located in Smarkand, ...


    By Blue Sphere Corporation

  • Effective EU waste management can contribute to 2020 CO2 reduction target

    A new report by Prognos states that by introducing an ambitious waste policy in EU the waste sector is able to contribute with 16-27% of the total 20% emission reduction target, to be meet by the EU countries under the Kyoto agreement. Mrs. Birnstegel from Prognos stated at the Press Conference 27 May 2008, that politically there is a need to focus on, diverting biodegradable waste from ...

  • Italy up before EU court over unresolved waste crisis

    The European Commission is continuing legal action against Italy over two cases involving violations of EU legislation to protect human health and the environment against the risks posed by waste. The Commission is taking Italy to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over the waste crisis that has plagued Naples and the Campania region. It is also sending Italy a first written warning for failing ...

  • EC takes legal action over Greece for lack of wastewater treatment & waste landfill problems

    The European Commission is taking legal action over two cases where Greece is violating EU legislation designed to protect human health and the environment against pollution from waste water and solid waste. In one case the Commission is launching an infringement procedure against Greece for not putting in place the required infrastructure for collecting and treating waste water in 12 towns and ...

  • Environment: Commission refers Italy back to Court over illegal landfills, asks for fines

    The European Commission is urging Italy to clean up hundreds of illegal landfills and uncontrolled waste tips. Despite an earlier Court judgement on this matter in April 2007, problems still persist in almost all Italian regions and the measures in place are not sufficient to resolve the problem in the long term. On the recommendation of Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, the ...

  • EC sends Italy final warning of possible fines over illegal waste landfills

    The European Commission is pursuing legal action against Italy over breaches of EU environmental law on waste and waste water treatment. In the first case, Italy has been sent a final written warning that it could face fines unless it moves rapidly to close and clean up thousands of illegal and uncontrolled waste disposal sites across the country. Italy was condemned by the European Court of ...

  • Environment: Commission takes Spain to Court over non-compliant landfills and high-speed rail link

    The European Commission is taking Spain to Court for two (unrelated) breaches of environment legislation. The first concerns poor waste management: despite earlier warnings from the Commission, numerous Spanish landfills are still operating in breach of EU landfill legislation. The second case contains a planned rail link between Seville and Almeria, for which no adequate environmental ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Commission takes Spain to Court over non-compliant landfills and high-speed rail link

    The European Commission is taking Spain to Court for two (unrelated) breaches of environment legislation. The first concerns poor waste management: despite earlier warnings from the Commission, numerous Spanish landfills are still operating in breach of EU landfill legislation. The second case contains a planned rail link between Seville and Almeria, for which no adequate environmental impact ...

  • 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 ...

  • MEPs give green light for new EU waste legislation with binding 2020 targets

    The EU will have new waste legislation which includes targets for re-use and recycling of waste to be attained by 2020 after MEPs adopted amendments. The directive sets out rules on recycling and requires Member States to draw up binding national programmes for waste prevention. Waste prevention targets will be considered by the Commission in the future. Incineration of waste will be categorised ...


    By European Parliament

  • March infringements package: main decisions

    In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law. These decisions covering many sectors aim at ensuring proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses. The Commission has taken today 101 decisions, including 3 reasoned opinions and 9 ...

  • 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 ...

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