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Technical Working Group for the EMAS sectoral reference document on the Waste Management Sector

Dr. Vegas from TECNALIA is invited to the Kick-off meeting of the Technical Working Group for the EMAS sectoral reference document on the Waste Management Sector to be held on Wednesday 30 September and Thursday 1 October 2015 in Leuven (Belgium). This event will be organized by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) who is developing a sectoral reference document (SRD) on best environmental management practice for the waste management sector. Waste management is a key sector in terms of resource efficiency where best practice, going well beyond regulatory requirements, can be of great benefit. This activity is part of the JRC's work on identification of best environmental management practice and development of EMAS Sectoral Reference Documents for different sectors. Diverse waste streams were previously prioritized to be addressed in that sectoral reference document: i) Municipal solid waste (MSW): household waste and assimilated (including organic, plastic, metal, paper, glass, bulky items, batteries, exhaust oils/lubricants, light bulbs, etc.); ii)  Construction and demolition waste (CDW); iii) Medical waste (MW).

The list below illustrates the current proposals which will be fully developed into BEMPs in the sectoral reference document (SRD) for the CDW stream:
•    Develop local, supra-local or regional CDW management plans that involve main stakeholders, prioritize waste prevention and re-use, establish minimum sorting and management requirements, identify and quantify amounts of CDW and treatment needs, drive innovation on recycling opportunities, regulate or standardize the management of hazardous materials.
•    Implement voluntary agreements between the industrial sector, public administration and relevant stakeholders focused on segregation, use of recycled aggregates and quality assurance implemented at different scales (local, regional, national and European)
•    Introduce a best practice quality assurance scheme that aims for an increased uptake of recycled aggregates by the industry. For that, the strategy follows a voluntary agreement approach or similar, being highly inclusive. It also encourages waste segregation and diversion from landfill and, at the same time, includes environmental-related criteria e.g. for their leaching characteristics, with the achievement of EoW character or similar to the secondary material produced.
•    Recycle waste plasterboard and other sources of waste gypsum to the manufacture of new plasterboard, according, if available to a quality assurance scheme or industrial agreement.
•    PCBs-containing wastes are well managed through the identification of PCB containing materials, removing and separating them, where the public authority is informed about the presence of these substances, and establish standard criteria for its management.

HISER will strongly contribute to the aforementioned topics given that the objectives and approaches of our project are aligned with them. Further information will be provided in the coming newsletters.

The project has received funding from the European Union's  Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 642085.

 

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