NRC on Waste

Profile 2018 - 2020


NRCs will support and work with the EEA in its work on waste in the context of the aim to move towards a circular economy where ultimately nothing is wasted.  This includes a strong focus on sharing information, experience and knowledge in implementation of the EU waste legislation.  It also includes national efforts and programmes on waste prevention and using waste as a resource, and the EEA review of waste prevention programmes in Eionet countries.  Finally, EEA and NRC work will address modelling of future waste amounts and management and indicators (primarily based on Eurostat data supplemented with national data where needed) and integrated assessments.  

Relations with NRCs on resource efficient economy and the environment (including SCP) will be ensured through joint sharing of information, webinars etc.  Sustainable waste and materials management and waste prevention are an integrated part of efforts to move towards a resource efficient economy in Europe.


    • Waste as a resource and sustainable materials management, including clean material cycles
    • Implementation of waste policies and the effectiveness of those measures
    • Indicators of waste prevention and management and related environmental impacts
    • Waste prevention programmes and measures, including those addressing behavioural changes
    • Expertise across different waste streams such as food waste, plastics waste, WEEE, construction and demolition waste etc.
    • Waste modelling

    Policy processes to be supported

    • Implementation of the EU waste policy acquis (Waste Framework Directive; the Landfill Directive; the Packaging Directive, Waste Statistics Regulation).
    • Waste policy implementation in countries as specified in the Waste Framework Directive
    • EEA review of waste prevention programmes
    • Circular economy package and EU Plastics Strategy implementation, with a focus on waste-related initiatives
    • Implementation of the revised waste directives after adoption in 2018

    Expected input and contributions from the NRC in 2018 - 2020

    • Development and updates of EEA indicator fact sheets (core set and other waste indicators)
    • Review of and comment on EEA products pertaining to waste and related items

    Relevant organisations and networks

    • DG ENV
    • DG GROW
    • DG Eurostat
    • DG JRC
    • OECD