Waste Framework Directive-(WFD)2018, transposed into law, 5 July 2020

In July 2018, the new Waste Framework Directive 2018, WFD (Directive (EU) 2018/851 of the European Parliament, amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste) was approved. It is required to be transposed into EU Member State law by 5 July 2020.  

The aim of the new WFD is:

  • Waste management should be enhanced and transformed into sustainable material management
  • Principles of a circular economy to be promoted 
  • Reducing the dependencies on imported resources
  • Promotion of long- term competitiveness which offers new economic prospects

Directive 2008/98/EC targets for the re-use and recycling of waste should be increased to try and encompass the move to a circular economy. Goals set out in the new WFD include for the re-use, and the recycling of municipal waste shall be increased to a minimum of:

  • 55 % by 2025
  • 60% by 2030 
  • 65% by 2035

Consideration has been given to low performing Member States; therefore, targets can be postponed up to 5 years if required.  

Link to:

Directive (EU) 2018/851 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018, amending Directive/98/EC on waste.

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