Waste prevention in Europe

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The Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) set a legal obligation for European Union (EU) Member States to adopt waste prevention programmes by 12 December 2013. The European Environment Agency (EEA) was invited to carry out an annual review of the progress made towards the ‘completion and implementation of the programmes’, the first of which was completed for 2013. The publications and individual fact sheets found here are part of a series of reviews of waste prevention programmes in Europe. The review process covers programmes in the 28 EU Member States and the three European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries, namely Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Annual reviews

Prevention of hazardous waste in Europe – the status in 2015

This report is the third in a series of reviews of the waste prevention programmes in Europe. The review covers the 30 national and regional programmes (out of 36) that had been adopted by the end of 2015. This edition reflects on the progress in the implementation of programmes to prevent hazardous waste.


Waste prevention in Europe – the status in 2014

This report is the second in a series of reviews of the waste prevention programmes in Europe. The review covers the 27 national and regional programmes (out of 36) that had been adopted by the end of 2014. The report is an updated version of the 2013 report. 

Waste prevention in Europe – the status in 2013

This report is the first in a series of reviews of the waste prevention programmes in Europe. The review covers the 20 national and regional programmes (out of 36) that had been adopted by the end of 2013. The completion of the remaining programmes and implementation efforts will be captured in future reviews.  

Country/region fact sheets

Country/region fact sheets provide an overview of the individual waste prevention programmes across Europe. The 32 national and regional programmes (out of 36) had been adopted by the end of 2016; out of which 25 have been finalised and published. Because of differences in the production and approval processes of the programmes, the remaining fact sheets will be published in 2017. The fact sheets are the basis for the annual waste prevention programme reviews.

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