The purpose of this webpage is to exchange information on waste prevention programmes. English abstracts of national and regional waste prevention programmes are presented. The webpage includes existing waste prevention programmes which are already developed in accordance with Article 29 in the Waste Framework Directive. New and updated abstracts will be added as soon as the waste prevention programmes are published in the countries/regions.
Waste prevention is defined in Article 3 (12) (2008/98/EC) as: "prevention" means measures taken before a substance, material or product has become waste, that reduce:
According to Article 29 (2008/98/EC) the waste prevention programmes have to be evaluated at least every sixth year. They shall be integrated either into the waste management plans or into other environmental policy programmes, as appropriate, or shall function as separate programmes. The programmes shall set out the waste prevention objectives. Member States shall describe the existing prevention measures and evaluate the usefulness of the examples of measures indicated in Annex IV to the revised Waste Framework Directive or other appropriate measures. The aim of such objectives and measures shall be to break the link between economic growth and the environmental impacts associated with the generation of waste.
Quick entry to core topics
In the explanatory note below, the various core topics are presented, including a presentation of the questions posed.
Full country abstracts on waste prevention programmes
Type of programme
Waste prevention programmes shall be integrated either into the waste management plans or into other environmental policy programmes, as appropriate, or shall function as separate programmes according to Article 29 (1) (2008/98/EC).
Waste prevention objectives
List of waste prevention objectives. The programmes have to set out the waste prevention objectives according to Article 29 (2).
The term objectives are perceived as overall goals for the waste prevention programmes
List of quantitative targets. The programmes may determine quantitative targets according to Article 29 (3).
The term targets are perceived as a detailed performance requirement, that arises from the waste prevention objectives and that needs to be set and met in order to achieve those objectives.
Measures on quantitative prevention
Describe planned measures on quantitative prevention
Measures on qualitative prevention
Describe planned measures on qualitative prevention.
Qualitative prevention is defined as: Reducing the hazardous content of waste, rather than impacting the total volume of waste, is considered as qualitative waste prevention and contributes to reducing human and environmental exposure to hazardous materials ( EU Commission 2012: Preparing a Waste Prevention Programme - Guidance document).
Prevention measure covered according to 98/2008 Annex IV (1-16)
The planned measures in the waste prevention programmes are categorized according to the examples of measures indicated in Annex IV of the Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC).
Indicators proposed and monitoring
Indicators proposed in the waste prevention programmes are described. According to the Article 29(3), Member States shall determine appropriate specific qualitative or quantitative benchmarks for waste prevention measures adopted, in order to monitor and assess their progress.
Evaluation and monitoring of programme
Description of evaluation of the programme in addition to the requirement for evaluation every 6 years (WDF article 30).
Involvement of stake holders
Description of involvement of stakeholders in addition to a public consultation, which is obligatory.