EU: Member States approve new waste legislation

31 May 2018

The EU Member States have approved a set of ambitious measures to make EU waste legislation fit for the future, as part of the EU's wider circular economy policy. The new rules will help to prevent waste and, where this is not possible, significantly step up recycling of municipal and packaging waste.
It will phase out landfilling and promote the use of economic instruments, such as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes. The new legislation requires Member States to take specific measures to prioritize prevention, re-use and recycling above landfilling and incineration, thus making the circular economy a reality (Press Release European Commission, 22 May 2018).
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Click here for the text of the new Directives.
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