Solid Waste Legislative Framework

In 2006, Directive 75/442/EEC on waste has been codified. Codification is a process by which legal texts that have been revised several times are codified into one new text that replaces all the previous versions. No legal or political changes are made to the text during the codification process. Until its revision in 2008, the codified Waste Framework Directive (Directive 2006/12/EC) was the only legally valid version of the Waste Framework Directive.

In 2005, as a first step in the implementation of the Thematic Strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste, the Commission proposed revising the Waste Framework Directive. This revision aimed to update the waste legislation to recent developments, as well as to merge, streamline and clarify legislation thus contributing to better regulation.

The revised Waste Framework Directive (Directive 2008/98/EC on waste) has been adopted by the Council on 20 December 2008, and published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 22 November 2008. It entered into force on 12 December 2008. Deadline for the transposition of the revised Waste Framework Directive into national legislation of the Member States passed on 12 December 2010. Directives 75/439/EEC on the disposal of waste oils, Directive 91/689/EEC on hazardous waste, and Directive 2006/12/EC on waste have been repealed with effect from 12 December 2010.