New State Waste Framework Plan (PEMAR)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Affairs organised a meeting in Madrid at the beginning of July between the Sub-directorate General of Waste and the main state associations for the purpose of debating the new State Waste Framework Plan (PEMAR), which is analysed in this article.
Victoria Ferrer Maymó, Gremi de Recuperació de Catalunya (Catalonian Recovery Guild)

It is important to know the origin of things in order to understand their evolution, which is why I will begin with a brief history of legislation in this area.

Apart from the national legislation deemed necessary, Spain is governed by European Union Directives in the same way as other Member States. Europe implements these directives as a tool to convey the measures that must be taken by Member States, in this case for correct waste management.

The PEMAR has its origins in EU Directive 2008/98/EC, transposed into Spanish law by Act 22/2011 of the 28th of July on waste and contaminated land. This legislation obliges both State and Autonomous Communities to draft waste management plans. It also permits local bodies to draw up waste management programmes within their areas of jurisdiction.

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Victoria Ferrer Maymó, Institutional Development at the Gremi de Recuperació de Catalunya (Catalan Recovery Guild)

Article published in: FuturENVIRO July-August 2015