Waste Management in Europe

Umweltbundesamt study informs about best practices and main problems identified in EU Petitions

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Vienna, 27 May 2018 – Waste management is one of the recurrent topics addressed by the European Committee on Petitions, which collects complaints from citizens in this matter and call for respect of the rule of law. It concerns all activities and actions that are required to manage waste, from its generation to its final disposal. A recently published study, commissioned by the European Parliament, examines petitions concerning the application and proper transposition of European environmental law on waste by Member States. The study, written by experts of the Umweltbundesamt, the Environment Agency Austria, shows that most of the analysed petitions still relate to deficits in the waste management system, the operating of existing installations (mainly landfills) and the permitting procedure for new facilities. In addition, two petitions address the improper management of radioactive waste which constitutes a new area of complaint compared to a previous analysis in 2011. The results of the recently carried out assessment include new petitions from 2013 to 2016 with the aim to update the main findings and recommendations on the crucial areas of complaints. For all the main areas covered, best practice examples and recommendations for better approaches in future were updated and reviewed.

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