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Review of EU recycling Directives to begin in 2012

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The Commission will begin a full review of EU recycling Directives in 2012, according to the Commission’s 2010 Work Programme, which was published on 31 March 2010. The Commission’s aim would be to simplify existing product-specific legislation on waste and ensure their coherence with Directive 2008/98/EC on waste (the Waste Framework Directive). Directive 2008/98/EC on waste sets environmental standards for recycled waste to be reused as secondary raw material, material-specific long-term recycling targets and set out the waste prevention and management hierarchy as priority order in waste.

Waste acquis includes Directive 91/689/EEC on hazardous waste; Directive 86/278/EEC on sewage sludge and Directive 1999/31/EC on landfill waste. The Commission will begin the review of the Directives in 2012.

The Waste Framework Directive can be found here: