The new Directive (EU) 2018/851, amending European Union’s (EU) Directive 2008/98/EC on waste, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on June 14, 2018. The revised Directive was negotiated in January (FPF reported), endorsed in April (FPF reported) and adopted in May 2018 (FPF reported). It will enter into force 20 days after the official publication.

On the same day, three further directives on packaging and packaging waste (Directive (EU) 2018/852), on the landfill of waste (Directive (EU) 2018/850), and on end-of-life vehicles, (waste) batteries and accumulators, and waste electrical and electronic equipment (Directive (EU) 2018/849) were published.

The revised waste legislation sets new recycling targets and defines mandatory extended producer responsibility schemes. Further, suppliers are newly required to inform the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) about the presence of substances of very high concern (SVHC) in their products. For this, ECHA will establish a new database to collect industry submissions (FPF reported).

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Chemical Watch (June 18, 2018). “EU publishes revised Directive on waste.