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Delivery of Waste Management Facilities in EU Member States - WR0216

In 2005, it was perceived that a number of Member States were performing better than the United Kingdom in respect of meeting key targets set out in EU Directives, particularly in relation to recycling generally, and also the more specific BMW Diversion targets set out in the Landfill Directive. It was further perceived that certain Member States had made more progress in developing the infrastructure required to manage waste streams, and in particular:

• Materials Recycling Facilities (MRFs) to manage dry recyclable materials segregated from the waste stream(s);
• Composting facilities for green waste and kitchen derived organic wastes; and
• Residual waste treatment facilities (including MBT plants and thermal treatment plants)

This study was intended to provide some insight into how other EU countries had made progress towards achieving a more sustainable waste management infrastructure. Ten countries (including the UK) were selected for analysis to reflect a representative sample across Europe. These countries were selected on the basis that either they represented other European countries similar in characteristics to the UK, or were performing well with respect to waste treatment infrastructure development.
1. To undertake a thorough literature and data review to assess what information already existed, directly or indirectly relevant to this project. Where relevant information was identified this was summarised and provided the starting point for the more detailed review work that was undertaken as part of this project.

2. To develop a series of ‘case studies’ that aimed to provide examples of how waste management facilities had been ‘delivered’ in various EU Member States. These case studies were either typical of the wider market, or were special cases where a particular approach or feature had been successful in stimulating development.

3. To carry out interviews with central Government and regulatory authority personnel, but also where possible with waste management companies, technology providers and local trade associations in each of the 10 countries to better understand the situation.

4. To develop a summary report which would present the case studies and focus on highlighting the key lessons that could be learned from the experience of delivering waste facilities in other parts of Europe, and which could potentially be applied within the UK context.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Delivering Key Waste Management Infrastructure Lessons Learned for Europe   (4512k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2005

Cost: £85,644
Contractor / Funded Organisations
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management
incl. processing and reprocessing              
Decision Support              
Environmental Protection              
Policy Development              
Sorting systems              
Systems for Resource Recovery              
Waste collection and handling systems              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Waste Management