Directive (EU) 2018/850 amending Directive 1999/31/EC on the landfill of waste

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Series Details L150, 14.6.2018
Publication Date 14/06/2018
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The Union’s economy currently loses a significant amount of potential secondary raw materials which are found in waste streams. In 2013, total waste generation in the EU amounted to approximately 2.5 billion tons of which 1.6 billion tons were not reused or recycled and therefore lost for the European economy. It is estimated that an additional 600 million tons could be recycled or reused.

The Union thus misses out on significant opportunities to improve resource efficiency and create a more circular economy. With respect to waste management, the Union also faces large differences amongst its Member States. This uneven situation needs to be redressed as a matter of urgency.

On 2 December 2015 the Commission proposed amendments to a number of Directives relating to waste, as part of a Circular Economy Package which also included a Communication on 'Closing the loop – An EU action plan for the circular economy'.

The Parliament and the Council adopted a Directive amending Directive 1999/31/EC on 30 May 2018.

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ESO: Closing the loop: Commission adopts ambitious new Circular Economy Package to boost competitiveness, create jobs and generate sustainable growth
EUR-Lex: SWD(2015)259: Additional analysis to complement the 2014 impact assessment supporting the review of EU waste management targets
EUR-Lex: SWD(2015)260: Implementation plan
EUR-Lex: COM(2015)594: Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 1999/31/EC on the landfill of waste

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