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marei May 04, 2012 12:09 AM
Hello, I live in the province of Gipuzkoa (Basque Country). Our last provincial government had a waste management plan, which included, along with other measures, the building of an incinerator. But our new provincial government totally opposes the incinerator and they say they want to make Gipuzkoa the "zero waste land" and the european leader in recycling with 80 percent recycling rates.
Last week our Environment deputy said that 'he was very pleased with the decision taken by the Environment Commitee of the European Parliament on 25th April, because it is in favour of zero waste policy'. He also said that 'the Commitee defends the gradual disappearance of incinerators and landfilling, and that the decision of the Commitee will probably be ratified by the Plenary in May'. He has also said that incinerators will be banned in the European Union in the short term. Is all that true? I've been searching for the text of the before mentioned Commitee decision to see what it exactly says but I haven't been able to find it. Could you please help me? I would also like to know if there's a document which shows the European Union waste management policy quite clearly because there a lot of people here who don't know what to believe.
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EEA May 07, 2012 03:36 PM
Dear Arritxu,

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA) regarding waste management policy.

Based on your enquiry, I am not sure how familiar you are with the EEA’s working remit. I have therefore included a brief description of it below.

The EEA is the EU agency responsible for providing information on the European environment. The aim of the EEA is to ensure that decision-makers and the public are kept informed about the state and outlook of the environment. The EEA collects environmental data from the Member Countries, other EU institutions and international organisations. Based on this information, we produce reports on various environmental topics.
As you may see from this description, the EEA produces reports on the state and trends of the environment in Europe. Please be aware that European environmental legislation is beyond the Agency’s working remit. The EEA neither sets nor enforces environmental policies.

The EU Commission has the responsibility of making new legislative proposals. These proposals are then adopted by the Council and the parliament, and implemented in the Member States by the national authorities. The Commission has the responsibility of overseeing that Member States act in accordance with EU law. The role of the EEA is to supply all parties concerned with relevant environmental information.

The “Summaries of EU legislation” website presents the main aspects of EU legislation in a concise, easy-to-read and unbiased way. You can find the section on environmental legislation at:

Specific information about waste incineration policies can be found at:

If you wish to follow developments of pending legislation, you can access the Legislative Observatory at:
DG Environment is the branch of the Commission responsible for European environmental policy and legislation. The homepage of the DG Environment is located at:

Specific information on EU waste legislation is available at:


If the above mentioned websites do not provide you with sufficient information, you may also contact the DG Environment directly. Relevant contact details can be viewed at:

Hopefully, this information may be useful to you.

Kind regards