Support to the Implementation of the
European Waste List
Commissioned by:

European Commission DG Environment
(Study Project n° 070307/2007/475529/MAR/G4)


Carried out by:
Ökopol Institut für Ökologie und Politik GmbH

In co-operation with:
Argus Statistik und Informationssysteme in Umwelt und Gesundheit GmbH
2007 - 2008
Background and objectives
The European Waste List (EWL) has been adopted by Decision 2000/532/EC,
last amended by Council Decision 2001/573/EC. Member States have largely
transposed and implemented the Decision and some Member States have
elaborated implementing guidelines.
The Committee established under Article 18 of the Waste Framework
Directive 2006/12/EC (TAC) has organised two workshops in recent years in
Berlin and Vienna where implementation experiences with the EWL have
been shared. Member State experts agreed on the need to amend the EWL,
but disagreed on the scale of necessary amendments.
The Thematic Strategy on Waste Prevention and Recycling has called for a
review of the system of waste nomenclature with the purpose of simplifying
and modernising waste legislation.

With this background the European Commission has charged Ökopol GmbH
and ARGUS GmbH with a study which aims at
  1. informing the discussion about the further development of the EWL by providing information on the implementation of the EWL
  2. proposing amendments of the EWL and
  3. assessing the impacts of these amendments.
The study comprises three tasks:
  1. Task 1 aims at collecting information about the implementation of
    the European Waste List in the Member States and the experiences
    with its application.
  2. Task 2 aims at elaborating potential approaches to support the
    implementation and application of the European Waste List. It
    comprises working steps regarding the classification of waste and
    the application of H-criteria for the classification of waste.
    1. Rules on the application of the properties H 9, H 12, H 13
      and H 14
    2. Review of concentration limits of H-criteria (concentration
      limit for specific substances / substance classes / waste
      types and for POP containing waste; generic concentration
    3. Development of a general waste testing strategy
    4. Adding and deleting existing codes to the EWL
  3. Task 3 aims at developing proposals for structural revision of the
    European Waste List. Options to be assessed will include
    1. where the identifier "waste origin" is detached from the six
      digit waste code and
    2. where the waste list is based on the material oriented
      structure as laid down in Annex VIII and IX of the Basel
      Convention 11.
Knut Sander