European Council adopts NEW RULES for Waste Management and Recycling.



Waste management and recycling targets

European Council adopted on 22nd of May 2018 the Waste Package which sets out NEW RULES for waste management and recycling targets for the period 2025-2035.

Member states will have to meet the following targets as they increase the reuse and recycling of municipal waste:


Member states will set up, by 1 January 2025, separate collections of textiles and hazardous waste from households. In addition, by 31 December 2023, bio-waste is either collected separately or recycled at source (e. g. home composting). This is in addition to the separate collection which already exists for paper and cardboard, glass, metals and plastic.


The legislation defines specific packaging recycling targets:


The legislation contains a landfill reduction target, and sets minimum requirements for all extended producer responsibility schemes.

Producers covered by these schemes must take responsibility for the management of the waste stage of their products, and to contribute financially.

Mandatory extended producer responsibility schemes for all packaging have also been introduced.

Member states shall endeavor to ensure that as of 2030, all waste suitable for recycling or other recovery, in particular in municipal waste, shall not be accepted in a landfill.


The waste package will lead to more recycling of waste and so contribute to the creation of a circular economy. It will encourage the use of recyclable packaging and reusable packaging and will improve the way waste is managed.


See full documents:

European Directive Packaging and Packaging Waste

European Directive Waste

European Directive WEEE

European Directive the landfill of waste



  • The European Commission presented a revised circular economy package on 3 December 2015;
  • On 19 May 2017, EU ambassadors agreed a mandate on the package, paving the way for trilogies, which kicked off on 30 May 2017;
  • After several rounds of negotiations, a provisional agreement was reached on 18 December, and EU ambassadors endorsed the agreement on 23 February;
  • The adopted legislation will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal.



About the author:

Marius BrinzeaMarius Brinzea has a managerial experience of over 20 years and he is a graduate of Strategy Executive Programs within INSEAD. He has worked in managerial positions both in Romania and abroad, also providing consultancy in a series of projects in Europe, USA and South America.







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