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paulocosta Jun 14, 2012 12:13 PM
My name is Paulo Costa and I work for Ecogestus, a Waste Management
Consulting Company located in Figueira da Foz, Portugal. We are
currently working on a project for APA, the Portuguese Environmental
Agency . Our goal is to develop methods and criteria for the
classification of industrial by-products and waste (Pulp Paper and Iron
Scrap) under the Directive 2008/98/EC on waste (Waste Framework Directive).
At the moment our task is to describe the European status quo on this
subject, in order to elaborate a benchmark document. Therefore, we
kindly ask for your cooperation on this matter. Please send us any
relevant information on the following subjects:
1. Guidance on the interpretation of key provisions of Directive
2008/98/EC, particularly the conditions where a production residue
is a by-product and not waste
2. Waste versus By-Product: we would like to know what criteria or
methodology the Agency applies to distinguish waste from by-products
3. Decisions: does the Agency have any available information on decisions
taken in this matter?
4. Relevant Information: how does the Netherlands work under the Directive
2008/98/EC concerning Waste and By-Products

We aim at understanding how different European Agencies are
working on Waste vs By-Products under the new Waste Framework (2008/98/CE).

Thanks in advance.

Kind regards,
Paulo Costa
Replies (1)
EEA Jun 14, 2012 12:49 PM
Dear Paulo Costa,

As you may know, the EEA produces reports on the state and trends of the environment in Europe. European environmental legislation is beyond the Agency’s working remit. The EEA neither sets nor enforces environmental policies.

DG Environment is the branch of the European Commission responsible for European environmental policy and legislation. The waste section of DG Environment’s homepage is located at:

Questions regarding European waste policies can be directed to DG Environment, please see the following links for contact details:

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 waste management at:[…]/index_en.htm

For practical examples on how EU legislation is implemented into national law, I suggest that you contact the national authorities in the Netherlands. Relevant contact links to European national authorities can be obtained at:

I hope this information is useful to you.

Best regards