In December 2015, the European Commission published a new EU action plan for a circular economy alongside a revised legislative proposal to review recycling and other waste-related targets. In this context, setting harmonised standards to characterise waste and determine waste criteria is needed to allow for the implementation of provisions under the EU’s revised Waste Framework legislation.

ECOS will contribute to the development of harmonised waste and environmental characterisation methods and to improved framework conditions for reuse and recycling, to transition towards a zero-landfilling strategy in the EU by 2020 and to implement the Circular Economy Package.


  • Participate in the development of standards related to waste analysis, leaching tests, eco-toxicity and hazardous waste characterisation 
  • Identify standardisation needs related to the Circular Economy Package
  • Ensure consistency between standardisation developments in the waste sector, through participating in the definition of the scope, content and deliverables of the newly set-up CEN Technical Committee on ‘Environmental Characterisation’


ECOS contributes to:

  • CEN/TC 292: Characterisation of waste
  • CEN/TC 444: Environmental characterisation
  • CEN/TC 345: Characterisation of soils
  • CEN/TC 400: Horizontal standards in the fields of sludge, biowaste and soil


Standardisation requests from the European Commission and EFTA

  • M/395: Characterisation of wastes from the extractive industries


For more details on ECOS’ participation in the standardisation of waste, please contact:
Ioana Popescu – Programme Manager – Waste, plastics and packaging

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