alexa Biodegradability of Landfilled MSW in EU: Past, Present and Future
ISSN: 2155-6199

Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation
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Biodegradability of Landfilled MSW in EU: Past, Present and Future

Elena Cristina Rada*
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Trento, Trento, Italy
Corresponding Author : Elena Cristina Rada
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Trento, Via Mesiano 77
I-38050 Trento, Italy
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Received August 24, 2012; Accepted August 27, 2012; Published August 29, 2012
Citation: Rada EC (2012) Biodegradability of Landfilled MSW in EU: Past, Present and Future. J Bioremed Biodeg 3:e122. doi: 10.4172/2155-6199.1000e122
Copyright: © 2012 Rada EC. This is an open-a ccess article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

Landfilling is still the most common municipal solid waste (MSW) management option in many European Union (EU) countries. In last few years, with the introduction of the Landfill Directive (1999/31/EC) and the Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC), the situation is changing. Indeed, apart from a series of priorities related to prevention, recycling and reuse, all the waste must be pre-treated before its disposal and a few targets have been introduced concerning the decrease of the biodegradable materials allowed for landfilling: 50% less before 2013 and 65% less before 2020, setting the reference quantity as the one in 1995.

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