Waste Framework Directive

The European Commission has issued guidance (lexisurl.com/iema13098) on interpreting key provisions of the EU Directive on waste (2008/98/EC), commonly known as the Waste Framework Directive (WFD).

The WFD, which came into force on 12 December 2010, introduced new provisions to boost waste prevention and recycling as part of a waste hierarchy. The commission says national authorities and stakeholders have raised many questions regarding the interpretation and application of the WFD since the Directive was introduced. The new guidance aims to help authorities and waste operators better understand the legislation.