In a press release published on May 22, 2018, European Commission (EC) informed that on the same day, EU Member States “approved a set of ambitious measures to make EU waste legislation fit for the future, as part of the EU’s wider circular economy policy.”

The new rules, adopted by the European Parliament (EP) in April 2018, set new recycling targets for municipal waste and packaging waste, and define mandatory extended producer responsibility schemes (FPF reported). This makes the revised waste directive “the most modern waste legislation in the world, where the EU is leading by example for others to follow,” the EC’s press release emphasized.

The new legislation “will enter into force 20 days following publication in the Official Journal.”

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EC (May 22, 2018). “Circular Economy: New rules will make EU the global front-runner in waste management and recycling.

Chemical Watch (May 24, 2018). “EU adopts revised waste framework Directive.

PlastEurope (May 25, 2018). “Circular Economy. EU council passes legislative package.