Regional Training: Transposition and Implementation of Waste Framework Directive (Directive 2008/98/EC)

Date: 21-22.10.2014
Place: Podgorica, Montenegro
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

Waste Framework Directive (Directive 2008/98/EC) prescribes the following waste hierarchy: prevention; preparing for re-use; recycling; other recovery, e.g. energy recovery; and disposal. In line with the above hierarchy, the European Union's approach to waste management is based on three principles: Waste prevention, Recycling and reuse, Improving final disposal and monitoring.

ECRAN countries are in intensive planning and implementation period of the EU waste management requirements. Landfill of Waste Directive (Council Directive 1999/31/EC) is one of the heavy cost Directives and it requires substantial planning, preparation and investment activities. Land filling is still preferred option for many countries in the ECRAN region, while source separation and recycling activities remain in the initial stage. Regional waste management strategies and systems are being planned and implemented in all ECRAN beneficiary countries with landfill as a key element of the system.

Landfill is however, one of the oldest form of waste treatment and one of the least desired options because of the many potentially adverse impacts it might have. Waste framework directive puts very strong requirements for source separation and recycling, establishing clear targets and implementation deadlines. Also it is likely, that the EU funds allocations during new financial perspective 2014 – 2020 will be tightly related with the updated National Waste Management Plans incorporating source separation and recycling targets.

In order to reflect the EU requirements on waste management, countries shall gradually move from dependence on landfilling of waste to extensive systems for source separation, secondary separation, revised waste collection schemes, extended recycling capacities, treatment of biodegradable waste and, where economically feasible, mechanical and biological treatment systems.

Objectives of the workshop

This regional training workshop is based on transposition and implementation of Waste Framework Directive (Directive 2008/98/EC).

The objective of this workshop is to provide the participants with experience of Member States in implementation of WFD with focus; on prevention of Waste production, Re use and Recycling, WFD provisions for Producer Responsibility, Status of end of waste and by-product and process of planning in the Waste Management.

Expected Results of the workshop

The expected results are:

• Improved skills on implementation of Waste framework Directive
• Improved understanding of the definition of waste and the status of by-products and end-of waste
• Participants are familiarised on how Member States implement Waste framework Directive
• Better planning process in the field of Waste Management