waste management directive News

  • Europe to vote on revision of waste directive

    The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament's second reading vote today approving the agreement reached with the Council on the revision of the waste framework directive, the central pillar of EU waste management policy. European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: 'This legislation marks a shift in thinking about waste from an unwanted burden to a valued resource and helps ...

  • Defra prepares to manage transposition of revised waste framework directive

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs intends to manage the transposition of the revised Waste Framework Directive through a two-stage consultation process. The revised WFD was published on 22 November 2008 in the Official Journal of the European Union. Article 40 of ...

  • E-waste Management in German

    E waste contains toxic substances and requires proper disposal. Since the start of use of domestic electrical appliances in private households in Germany, the country has been gradually developing its laws governing the management of e-waste. Development of E Waste Management in Germany Before 1972 Germany started to use domestic ...

  • EU waste management policy

    Today's society generates a great deal of biodegradable waste, which causes major environmental and health problems. There are various forms of treatment to prevent and monitor those problems. The choice of the best method is based on maximising safety, minimising environmental impact and, whenever possible, obtaining recyclable end products. The best way of doing this is by biological treatment ...


  • Coast guard and EPA send directive to BP on oil spill waste management plan (HQ, AL, FL, LA, MS)

    Today, the U.S. Coast Guard, with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreement, issued a directive to BP on how the company should manage recovered oil, contaminated materials and liquid and solid wastes recovered in cleanup operations from the BP oil spill. The U.S. Coast Guard, along with EPA, and in consultation with the states, will hold BP accountable for the implementation of the approved ...

  • A new direction for climate negotiations

    The Copenhagen climate summit ended six months ago in what was widely seen in the clean tech and environmentalist communities as a major disappointment. Now, six months later, at the conclusion of yet another climate negotiation in Bonn, Germany, optimism for a climate agreement this year is no brighter than in those dark days of December. Nonetheless, the outlines of a pragmatic new approach are ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Managing wastes works. Eliminating wastes is better

    Waste management policy in the EU is successfully reducing the proportion of waste that is sent to landfill and cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by inefficient waste management, according to a new study. However, the study also supports greater efforts channelled into waste prevention. EU waste management policy has developed substantially since 1990 and, as a result, recycling and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Consultation Defra’s Waste Management Plan & Site Waste Management Plans

    A consultation is underway on an updates Waste Management Plan for England, however, Defra’s documents contain no new policies on waste management. The waste management plan will complement the waste planning policy, PPS10; this policy outlines what planning authorities should take into account when considering proposals for new waste infrastructure. The Department for Communities and Local ...


    By GPT Waste Management Ltd

  • Gaps in WEEE Directive laid bare

    The introduction of a national or European Union register to hold all organisations handling waste electrical and electronic equipment in the EU will help Member States to capture more WEEE tonnages, according to an industry expert. Speaking to MRW, WEEE compliance scheme Ireland European Recycling Platform general manager Martin Tobin said: “All organisations handling WEEE should be registered ...

  • EIB financing of EU municipal waste management projects

    Within the last 8 years period (2000-2007), the EIB signed loans of around EUR 1,5 billion dedicated to investments in municipal waste management facilities. Nearly EUR 1 billion of the signed amount involves incineration. This represents some 0. 3% of total signed loans of EIB during that period. The projects are located mainly in EU-15, notably FR, DK, IT, NL, UK and often involve efficient ...

  • 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 ...

  • HSE announces planned inspections of waste management vehicles

    A wave of inspections of transport risks in waste management operations will take place in 2010-11, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced. The inspections will focus on skip-hire operations and waste management companies where waste is hand sorted, two areas that represent a disproportionately high level of accidents. A HSE spokesperson said: “The waste and recycling industry ...

  • Improved waste management delivering climate benefits

    The EEA briefing, available in 26 languages, explains how better processing of municipal waste will continue to reduce emissions from this sector, while calling for greater attention to increasing volumes across Europe. The study projects a significant decrease by 2020 in net greenhouse gas emissions from municipal waste, with a reduction of more than 80 % (down to 10 million tones) compared to ...

  • Improved waste management can deliver climate benefits

    According to a recent European Environment Agency (EEA) study improved waste management practices are all ready contributing to lowering greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. The EEA briefing, released on January 31, 2008 and available in 26 languages, explains how better processing of municipal waste will continue to reduce emissions from this sector, while calling for greater attention to ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Special Interest Report in Waste Management out!

    With a number of notable exceptions, the vast majority of global production is deeply unsustainable. It's a "take-make-dispose" linear system that, despite increasing recycling efforts, generates staggering amounts of waste and causes substantial environmental damage. Increasingly businesses are looking at alternatives, one of which is the "circular economy" concept. The idea takes its ...


    By Reconomy

  • EC launches debate on the management of bio-waste

    This week the European Commission presented a discussion paper on the management of bio-waste in the European Union. Bio-waste – biodegradable garden, kitchen and food waste – accounts for around one third of municipal waste and has major potential impacts on the environment. When disposed of in landfill sites, it emits methane – a powerful greenhouse gas which is 23 times more potent than carbon ...

  • 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 ...

  • ENHESA in Dublin for a Seminar on European Waste Management

    Are you an EHS Manager who would like to attend? Contact us today for your invitation and attendee for FREE if registered before November 25th! Overview of the Seminar The Revised Waste Framework Directive has created a new regulatory matrix for waste in Europe. How waste is regulated and “de-regulated” ...

  • Environmental performance of construction and demolition waste management

    The EU Waste Framework Directive1 aims to recycle or recover materially 70% of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste by 2020. This study evaluated the performance of the Finnish waste management system against this target. The results showed that the system generates environmental benefits and is profitable, but has not reached the 70% target. The researchers suggest ways the tar Europe ...


    By European Commission

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