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European Commission’s advice on "Waste management in the context of the Coronavirus crisis"

  • 14 April 2020
  • Legislation | Covid

The European Commission has published its paper "Waste management in the context of the Coronavirus crisis".

The document comprises

  1. Management of municipal waste
  2. Management of waste from healthcare facilities
  3. Health and safety of waste management operators
  4. Support from EU funds and state aid
  5. Exchange of information and awareness raising

We recommend reading the document in its entirety. Hereafter you can find some important statements:

  • "Proper waste management is part of the essential services underpinning the well-being of our citizens delivered by numerous companies dealing with waste and keeping the circular economy going." says Commissioner Sinkevičius.
  • According to the European Centre for Diseases Prevention and Control (ECDC), there is currently no evidence to infer that standard waste management procedures are unsafe or insufficient in terms of the risk for COVID-19 infection or that household waste plays a role in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 or other respiratory viruses. ... and ... ECDC recognises the need for specific measures as regards infection prevention and control for suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases self-isolating at home.
  • In the context of the coronavirus crisis, it is even more important that citizens separate well their waste and ensure the flow of clean streams of recyclables towards the waste treatment facilities.
  • Member States can  ....  ensure that economic operators that are involved in waste management have access to the necessary funding to cope with the coronavirus crisis.

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