First national waste prevention plans submitted

About ten member states including Germany and the Netherlands have submitted their plans to the European Commission and more are expected shortly

About ten member states including Germany and the Netherlands have submitted their national waste prevention plans to the European Commission and more are expected in coming weeks, according to the EU executive.

Under the 2008 waste framework directive, member states had to notify their plans by 12 December. On Tuesday, a commission official said the majority of them will have met this requirement by the first quarter of next year.

Some such as France are still consulting on their plans, while others – for example Spain and England – adopted theirs just a few days ago.

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