EC Waste Framework Directive

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The EC Waste Framework Directive establishes a framework for the management of waste across the European Community. It also defines certain terms such as 'waste', 'recovery' and 'disposal', to ensure a uniform approach is taken across the EU. It requires Member States to:

  • Give priority to waste prevention and encourage reuse and recovery of waste
  • Ensure waste is recovered or disposed of without endangering human health and without using processes which could harm the environment
  • Prohibit the uncontrolled disposal of waste and ensure waste management activities are permitted (unless specifically exempt)
  • Establish an integrated and adequate network of disposal installations
  • Prepare waste management plans
  • Ensure the cost of disposal is borne by the waste holder in accordance with the polluter pays principle
  • Ensure waste carriers are registered 

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