Data on waste in the EU is collected to support the protection of the environment, which may be compromised by waste generation and treatment. Understanding the quantity of waste generated in all Member States, and, importantly, whether the waste is hazardous or not, will help ensure the waste is managed in environmentally sustainable ways.
In addition, there are a number of EU Directives which have introduced Producer Responsibility measures – on packaging waste, end-of-life vehicles, batteries and waste electrical and electronic equipment, for example. Data on these waste streams is required to monitor Member State's compliance with the targets set out in the Directives.
The following EU Regulations and Directives require data reporting from Member States to the European Commission:
Data reporting on quantity, hazardousness and shipments of waste
- Waste Statistics Regulation (WStatR)
- Waste Shipments Regulation (WShipR)
Data reporting obligations – monitoring Producer Responsibility
- Packaging Directive
- End of Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive
- Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive
- Batteries Directive
These key requirements for data collection and reporting can be found within the following set of EU legislation. In addition, there are also other reporting obligations which do not result in statistical data that can be presented on this website – implementation reports for EU Directives are the main additional outputs.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has a Reporting Obligations Database (ROD) which shows all the relevant obligations relating to waste within the EU.