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SoledadC Jul 17, 2012 04:11 PM
Dear Sirs, I am making a research in Waste Management for the baby food industry (powder milk, cereals and wet food) in Germany, Poland and Netherlands. I would like to ask you where is possible to find the EU legislation for this industry regarding Solid Waste and Waste Waters Management (or for general industry if not specificity exists). I am looking for maximum quantitues targets, collection or sorting normative, targets for recycling or recovery, packaging targets, taxes, etc. Any mechanism that can influence their peformace in Waste Management.
Besides I would like to know if the Municipal Waste referred in many reports also includes industrial waste (as not sorted packaging, biodegradable waste, household types of waste) If not, where I could find statistics and analysis of it.
All information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much in advance.
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kobosil Jul 18, 2012 11:28 AM
Dear SoledadC,
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:[…]/index_en.htm
If you wish to follow developments of pending legislation, you can access the Legislative Observatory at:
The European Commission is divided into 36 Directorate Generals (DGs). 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 waste 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:

National authorities
Since the individual countries are responsible for implementing EU policies, you may find it useful to contact the responsible national authorities in the countries of your interest. For practical examples on how EU legislation is implemented into national law, I suggest that you contact the national authorities in the countries of your interest. Relevant contact links to European national authorities can be obtained at:

Unfortunately, the EEA has not compiled a specific data set on food waste (or the baby food industry), but you may find useful statistics at the website of Eurostat, the official Statistical Office for the European Community:[…]/search_database

(Choose for ‘environment and energy’ and then ‘waste statistics’)

If the free-of-charge section may not provide you with sufficient information, you may also contact Eurostat directly. Please be aware that Eurostat may charge you for some of their data.

Lastly, I would like to refer to the work regarding waste issues performed by the EEA. All related EEA products can be viewed and downloaded free of charge in the EEA waste theme section. The EEA waste theme section is located at:

For instance, you may find useful material in the SOER 2010 thematic assessment on consumption and the environment:[…]/consumption-and-environment
(Especially chapter 4 on food and drink)

Good luck with your research!