Commission to consider action on Waste Law implementation

The European Commission announced on 13 January 2012 that it is considering to improve EU waste law. A study shows a number of ways as to improve the implantation of waste law. It suggests inter alia to give the European Environment Agency (EEA) more responsibilities to monitor implementation, and creating auditing capacity at the EU level.

Moreover, the polluter pays principle is to be made better use of in order to ensure compliance. Other economic and legal incentives include landfill taxes and bans, extending producer responsibility and the introduction of a pay as you throw scheme. The study also shows that full implementation of the law would save €72 billion annually and create more than 400.000 jobs in sectors related to recycling.

 

            Press release of the Commission

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