Brussels/Strasbourg, 17 June 2008
The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament's second reading vote today approving the agreement reached with the Council on the revision of the waste framework directive, the central pillar of EU waste management policy.
European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: "This legislation marks a shift in thinking about waste from an unwanted burden to a valued resource and helps to make Europe a recycling society. It introduces a modernised approach to waste management, with clearer definitions, greater emphasis on prevention of waste and ambitious new recycling goals. The clear definitions and waste management principles its sets out will resolve existing interpretation problems, reduce the number of Court cases and create a sound legal basis for the functioning of the waste treatment sector."
Commissioner Dimas thanked the EP rapporteur, Caroline Jackson, and the Slovenian presidency for their work in achieving agreement on the revised directive at second reading, thus avoiding the need for conciliation negotiations.
The revised directive takes into account many of the changes proposed by the European Parliament. In summary, the directive:
The new directive will also streamline EU waste legislation by replacing three existing directives: the existing Waste Framework Directive, the Hazardous Waste Directive and the Waste Oils Directive.
 Directive 2006/12/EC
 Directive 91/689/EEC
 Directive 75/439/EEC