EU to agree new end-of-waste criteria in 2012

End-of-waste criteria for copper, paper and glass are due to be adopted by a regulatory committee on 4 May, according to the European Commission. These criteria specify when a material ceases to be waste and can be reused as scrap or a product.

Technical recommendations for copper and paper were published by the EU's Joint Research Centre (JRC) earlier this year. Final proposals for glass are not yet available.

Next year will also see proposals for biodegradable waste and plastics. Experts in the relevant technical groups meet in the autumn to discuss working documents. Stakeholders have until 30 January to comment on the document dealing with plastics.

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