New standards for Ukrainian waste management

Umweltbundesamt project successfully completed

© Umweltbundesamt Project team

Vienna/Kiev, 7 June 2017 – Over the past two years, the Ukrainian authorities have developed a new strategic and legal framework for EU-compliant waste management. The focus of the project was directed at the collection and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. In introducing the new waste management, the authorities were supported by a team of Austrian, French and Spanish experts led by the Umweltbundesamt, the Environment Agency Austria. ‘Electrical and electronic waste contains valuable metals and other substances that can be reused," explains Monika Mörth, managing director of the Environment Agency Austria. "The new Ukrainian waste management system, including plenty of European know-how, ensures the sustainable use of these resources and protects people and the environment.’

Main areas of cooperation

The project introduced new technical standards for labeling, collection and disposal of Waste electrical and electronic equipment, as well as used batteries. They were developed in close cooperation with a wide range of Ukrainian stakeholders: Ministry of Ecology, Ministry of Economy, the European Business Association, business representatives, NGOs and waste operators. The project partners developed a pilot information system and register for batteries and accumulators to facilitate the reporting and transparency for the main stakeholders of this system. In addition they developed two draft-laws “On batteries and Accumulators” and “On Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment”, which will be soon registered in the Ukraine Parliament for consideration. The new waste legislation will bring Ukraine closer to EU standards, in line with the Association Agreement.


The project was implemented by the Environment Agency Austria as the main partner and the French Office International de l’Eau, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), the Spanish Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas (FIIAPP) and the Spanish Conselleria de Agricultura, Medio Ambiente, Cambio Climático y Desarrollo Rural as junior partners. It is funded by the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).

The Environment Agency Austria in a nutshell

The Environment Agency Austria is Austria’s most important environmental expert institution and, with a demonstrable track record of more than 100 projects in 27 countries in eastern and south-eastern Europe and in the Mediterranean countries, an experienced project partner. The Environment Agency Austria stands for a transformation of the economy and society to ensure sustainable living. Our experts develop the basis for decision making at local, regional, European and international level. Since 1999 the Environment Austria has been supporting central and south-eastern European authorities in institutional capacity building and in the implementation of EU legislation within the framework of Twinning projects.


Twinning is a European Union instrument for institutional cooperation between Public Administrations of EU Member States and of beneficiary or partner countries. Twinning projects bring together public sector expertise from EU Member States and beneficiary countries with the aim of achieving concrete mandatory operational results through peer to peer activities. It is one of the most successful EU-programmes to support neighbouring countries and is celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2018.



Further information:

Inge Zechmann, Press Officer, Environment Agency Austria, Phone +43 1 313 04-5413