EC report indicates massive differences in application of waste directive across Europe / PlasticsEurope welcomes findings of study and says that “zero plastics to landfill by 2020” is achievable with right policies
The European Commission has published a report, “Screening of waste management performance of EU member states”, which highlights large differences in the performance of states, especially with regard to municipal waste management, and makes recommendations for ways forward for poorly-performing states. There remain major discrepancies in states’ approaches, the report says, particularly in the implementation and application of the Waste Framework Directive (WFD) and the translation of EU requirements into national legislation.

Member states were assessed through the weighting of results for three selected criteria related to the application of the treatment options recycling, energy recovery and disposal of municipal waste. The screening showed three groups differing in performance.
The first, which were classed as “performing above average” were: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK. Following this was a group of countries assessed as being “average performing”: Spain, Hungary, Ireland, Portugal and Slovenia. Finally, 12 member states were classified as having the largest implementation gaps: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Romania and Slovakia… Read more


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