Waste meant to be recycled is a material that should be subjected to moving freely and thus. it is out of reach of communal waste disposal agencies. Waste meant for disposal is an issue concerning the public agencies, but waste meant for recycling is a concern of the private sector. Generally, this is a fine proposal. However regrettably, the European legislations have failed to provide a clear and obvious definition of the word “recycling” as well as “disposal”.
EEC waste directive 75/442 which is supposed to give a clear definition of these terms fails to do so, instead it merely defines the procedures of recycling and not the term it self. Commercial waste management firms show substantial ingenuity in relation to recycling processes. High-standard, dependable waste disposal in Europe can not be achieved without the local authorities being involved in the process. However, a lot of decrease in waste volumes is done through “shun recycling”, which has developed and encouraged because of unclear provisions found in the European waste management law.
European waste management law The European Commission over a long period has taken a general viewpoint concerning waste regulations. As it has been pointed out by Wilmowsy the three main standards of managing waste which are waste generation prevention, recycling of waste, and safe disposal’, were formulated in the early days and over time has been frequently repeated since in the 1970s. Such goals have turned out to be ambitious, and affect various types of industries and the final consumer.
Waste management has turned out to big business for the customary disposal companies as well as for many other players in the waste management for example metals recycles. These enterprises require a clear guideline and laws on needs of waste management law. The law and guideline not only will they provide lawfully operation for these enterprises but they will also play a major role in planning and long term investment in latest waste management equipments. It is against this background that it imperative to consider if the European Community have relevant laws to suit such objectives and goals.
As Salter observes, European community waste laws undertaken from the beginning opted for two goals of resource conservation together with disposal guiding principle. In perception, they suggest that a lot of the initial directives and laws on waste management can easily be criticized for being vague. inadequacies comprises the absence of clear or understandable definitions of main terms, and imposing of broad and open-ended goals and objectives that are most probable to be subjected to different interpretations by member countries.
The tendency when formulating these laws and directives has been placed on initiatives which are formulated with a high precision, entailing regulations on waste incineration, landfills and packaging waste. More so, it appears that this tendency has continued for the years putting focus on specific waste substances, for example written off vehicles and tires, electronic waste and healthcare waste. Thus, it has reflected maybe on increasing the mess of directive and regulation in waste management.