New EU waste management law hits statute book

Revised framework directive published in official journal; transposition required by end 2010

The EU has published the definitive text of a major reform of its basic waste management law.  The newly-revised waste framework directive (EED 21/10/08) was issued in the bloc's official journal on Saturday.  Governments must transpose it into national law by 12 December 2010.

By December 2013 each member state must draft a national waste prevention plan, and by 2015 must set up separate collection systems for paper, metal, plastics and glass.  The directive includes two tortuously-worded paragraphs introducing new non-binding targets to increase re-use and recycling of household and construction waste by 2020.

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