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Every year, some 2 billion tonnes of waste - including particularly hazardous waste - are produced in the Member States, and this figure is rising steadily. Stockpiling waste is not a viable solution and destroying it is unsatisfactory due to the resulting emissions and highly concentrated, polluting residues. The best solution is, as always, to prevent the production of such waste, reintroducing it into the product cycle by recycling its components where there are ecologically and economically viable methods of doing so.
- GENERAL FRAMEWORK
- HAZARDOUS WASTE
WASTE FROM CONSUMER GOODS
- Packaging and packaging waste
- Disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polychlorinated terphenyls (PCTs)
- Disposal of spent batteries and accumulators
- End-of-life vehicles
- The reusing, recycling and recovering of motor vehicles
- Waste electrical and electronic equipment
- Substances subject to restrictions for use in electrical and electronic equipment
WASTE FROM SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES
- Industrial emissions
- Integrated pollution prevention and control (until 2013)
- Management of waste from extractive industries
- A strategy for better ship dismantling practices
- Removal and disposal of disused offshore oil and gas installations
- Use of sewage sludge in agriculture
- Port facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues
- RADIOACTIVE WASTE AND SUBSTANCES