Waste Framework Directive update

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24 November 2009

Following revisions to the Waste Framework Directive that were finalised in November 2008, EU Member States have until December 2010 to transpose these revisions into national law. Defra have just closed their consultation on their transposition plans. 

Of key importance are provisions to extend the effect of producer responsibility, mandatory separate waste collections for plastic, metal, paper and glass by 2015, tough recycling targets for household and construction waste (50% and 70% respectively by 2020), as well as revisions to the Hazardous Waste and Waste Oils regimes. A report on the response to the consultation is expected in January 2010, and it will be interesting to gauge industry's reaction to these proposals.   

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