Waste – without me.
Extended Producer Responsibility.
The Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC is in force since the 19th November 2008. Its predecessor 75/442/EEC upon hazardous waste was already put in place in 1975. The Directive sets basic waste management principles. It requires that waste is managed without endangering human health and harming the environment. Furthermore, EU member states shall apply a waste management hierarchy:
- Prevention (products, no waste)
- Preparing for Re-use (waste)
- Recovery (treatment and energy recovery)
The Waste Frame Work Directive aspects that have been introduced by the “polluter pays principle” and the “extended producer principle”. It sets recycling targets and requests from the member states to have waste management plans.
The Waste Framework Directive is enhanced by the WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU, the Battery Directive 2006766/EC and the Packaging Directive 94/62/EC.
For more information: