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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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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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