Waste Framework Directive review: Why we need waste prevention targets now
So far, EU member states’ waste prevention plans do not adequately implement quantitative targets. On the one hand, the definition of waste prevention is confusing, as it is often associated with waste management measures – such as recycling – and not linked to reduction of primary resource consumption. On the other hand, many waste prevention measures focus on consumer initiatives, especially through awareness raising and campaigns.
This paper shows the lack of effectiveness of existing waste prevention policies. We need European level quantitative waste prevention targets, as well as effective national measures.