Waste framework directive

Directive 2008/98/EC
European Union directive
Title Waste Framework Directive
Made by European Parliament & Council
Made under Article 175(1)
Journal reference
Date made 19 Nov 2008
Came into force 12 Dec 2008
Other legislation
Replaces 75/439/EEC, 91/689/EEC and 2006/12/EC
Current legislation

The Waste Framework Directive (WFD) is a European Union Directive of 17 June 2008.[1] The first Waste Framework Directive dates back to 1975 [2] and was substantially amended in 1991.[3]

The aim of the WFD was to lay the basis to turn the EU into a recycling society.

One of the features of the WFD is the European Waste Hierarchy.


  1. Directive [2008/98/EC] of the European Parliament and of the Council on waste.
  2. (Directive 75/442/EEC)
  3. (91/156/EEC)

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