Waste Management (Directive)

The European Commission wants to bring about stricter compliance with the waste hierarchy by way of measurable objectives for recycling and a limit on landfill for municipal waste. A new "early warning system" will detect if Member States are likely to miss the targets.


Uniform recycling targets will result in better compliance with the waste hierarchy prescribed by EU law but they ignore the differing conditions in the Member States and are in breach of the principle of subsidiarity. The new early warning system will at least allow the Commission to react more quickly to emerging deficits in the implementation of waste law by Member States.