Waste Framework Directive

1) From 23/07/2009

Defra and the Welsh Assembly Government are consulting on the transposition of the revised Waste Framework Directive (Directive 2008/98/EC).

EU Member States are required to bring the regulations and provisions needed to comply with the revised Directive into force by 12 December 2010. Defra is responsible for transposing the revised Directive in England and the Welsh Assembly Government is responsible for doing likewise as far as Wales is concerned.

They propose to manage the transposition through a two-stage process. The issues upon which comments are invited as part of this stage one consultation include:

The deadline for responses is 9 October 2009 and respondents are requested to submit their comments to Defra. Respondents in Wales are requested to copy their responses to the Welsh Assembly Government.

See Link - http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/waste-framework/index.htm

2) From 2008

No./Reference:    2008/98/EC

Stage:                    Recent legislation in force

Operative:              22 November 2008


A Directive has been published which will repeal and replace the Waste Framework Directive (2006/12/EC), the Hazardous Waste Directive (91/689/EEC) and the Waste Oils Directive (75/439/EEC).

In 2004, the European Parliament asked the European Commission to differentiate clearly between recovery and disposal and to clarify the distinction between waste and non-waste. As a result, the Commission produced a proposal to revise the Waste Framework Directive (2006/12/EC) which clarified the definition of certain concepts, including the difference between the recovery and the disposal of waste. It also introduced procedures for establishing minimum quality standards and required Member States to develop national waste prevention programmes.

The proposal advocated an approach that takes into account the whole life-cycle of products and materials and not only the waste phase, and which focuses on reducing the environmental impacts of waste generation and waste management, thereby strengthening the economic value of waste.

It was further decided to incorporate the content of the Hazardous Waste Directive (91/689/EEC) and the Waste Oils Directive (75/439/EEC) into the revised text. In view of the extent of the changes being made, the Commission decided that a new Directive should be adopted and Directive 2008/98/EC was published in the EU's Official Journal on 22 November 2008.


Member States must implement this Directive in national legislation by 12 December 2010, on which date Directives 2006/12/EC, 91/689/EEC and 75/439/EEC will be repealed.

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