Citizens point out poor implementation of EU waste legislation 

MEPs are set to call on member states to improve compliance with EU waste legislation and to increase reuse and recycling practices.

The draft resolution sums up some 60 citizens’ petitions on health and environmental issues linked to inappropriate waste management in their member states, causing poor air quality, contamination of underground water resources, noise and odorous emissions.

The text calls on member states to clean up litter and improve waste management practices, through economic incentives, awareness raising campaigns, and by reducing municipal waste, in particular.

Background information

Over the past few years, Parliament´s Committee on Petitions has received more than 60 petitions on waste management from Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and the UK. The committee undertook fact-finding visits related to alleged poor waste management in Bulgaria, Greece and Italy. The 2008 EU Waste Framework Directive sets out the requirements and basic waste management definitions in the EU.

Procedure: non-legislative resolution

2019/2557(RSP)

Vote: Thursday, 4 April