Regulation on Waste Shipments (2021/0367/COD)

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on shipments of waste and amending Regulations (EU) No 1257/2013 and (EU) No 2020/1056.

Regulation on Waste Shipments (2021/0367/COD)

EU exports of waste to non-EU countries represent about 16% of global trade in waste. Around 67 million tonnes of waste are shipped between EU countries every year

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Requirements introduced by legislation

The New Regulation on Waste Shipments contains several requirements that aim to ensure the safe and environmentally sound shipment of waste, including:

  • Strengthening the existing provisions on the control and monitoring of waste shipments.
  • Reporting of shipment activities and financial guarantees to cover the costs of any damage caused by shipments.
  • Requirement to ensure that the waste is treated in an environmentally sound manner in the country of destination.

Who must comply

  • Any person or organization involved in the shipment of waste, including exporters, importers, carriers, brokers, and traders. 
  • This includes both private and public entities. 
  • The regulation applies to waste shipments within the European Union as well as those that are exported from or imported into the EU.

Key law specifications

  • New measures to prevent illegal shipments of waste.
  • Prior consent from the importing country.
  • Harmonization of the rules on waste shipments across the EU, ensuring that all Member States apply the same standards and procedures.

Penalties for non-compliance

The Member States shall at least be able to impose the following penalties in case of infringements of this Regulation:

  • Fines.
  • Confiscation of revenues gained by the natural or legal person from a transaction related to the infringement.
  • Suspension or revocation of the authorization to carry out activities related to management and shipment of waste insofar as these activities fall under the scope of this Regulation.
  • Exclusion from public procurement procedures.

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Timeline for its entry into force and compliance


Awaiting formal endorsement from the Council

Following the final vote in plenary, the Council have to formally endorse the text, before its publication in the EU Official Journal.

February 2024

MEPs adopt the final text

Parliament approves updated EU procedures and control measures for waste shipments.

December 2023

Endorsement of the agreed text

The agreed text is endorsed by Member State representatives.

November 2023

Provisional agreement on Waste Shipment Regulation

Interinstitutional negotiations conclude with a provisional agreement.

May 2023

Council approves general approach

The Council adopts its general approach on the proposed revision of the EU’s Waste Shipment Regulation.

January 2023

European Parliament adopts position

The European Parliament adopts its position on the proposed regulation, emphasizing improvements in transparency, monitoring, and assessment of waste management.

November 2021

Proposal to revise EU Waste Shipment introduced by European Commission

European Commission tables a proposal to revise EU rules on waste shipments, aiming to support the circular economy.

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