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PR(03)28: Report on the implementation of waste legislation in the EFTA States (1998-2000)


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has adopted its second report on the implementation of legislation on waste prevention and management in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway for the period 1998 to 2000. It covers the Framework Directive on Waste and certain individual Directives concerning specific categories of waste and waste streams, namely sewage sludge and waste oils. For the first time the report includes information on the implementation of provisions on hazardous waste and packaging and packaging waste in the EFTA States.

The report is based on sectoral reports of the EFTA States for the period 1998 to 2000. The States are required to submit to the Authority, at intervals of three years, such reports on the implementation of Council Directives 75/439/EEC, 75/442/EEC, 86/278/EEC, 91/689/EEC and 94/62/EC. These reports are based on questionnaires developed by the European Commission for the EU Member States and applicable to the EFTA States under the EEA Agreement. It is the task of the EFTA Surveillance Authority to prepare and publish a consolidated report with regard to the EFTA States and to do so concurrently with the report prepared by the European Commission for the EU Member States.

It is the purpose of the present report to assess the progress made by the EFTA States in implementing these Directives in the period 1998 to 2000. At the same time, the report aims at providing the general public with information on the state of the environment in the EFTA States. The focus of the report is on key provisions of the Directives which are based on three principles: waste prevention, recycling and reuse, and safe disposal and monitoring. Among the instruments used by the Directives are inter alia definitions of waste streams, authorisation and control mechanisms, waste management plans, limit values or recycling targets.

Taking account of their special features, the EFTA States performed well in the EEA context. It follows from the report that the EFTA States have considerably improved legislative and administrative implementation of the Directives in the waste sector. Difficulties in comparing and interpreting reported quantities of waste persisted due to the EFTA States’ different ways of categorizing waste as municipal, hazardous or other waste. The success of the EFTA States in treating waste according to the hierarchy set by the Directives differed considerably as did the fulfilment of targets set namely those of the Packaging and Packaging of Waste Directive.

The full report is available on the Authority’s website. For further information please contact Ms. Andrea Weiss (Officer at the Internal Market Affairs Directorate), tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 63.

24 October 2003

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