Factsheet: Waste act

Waste act

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Waste Act
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Jäätmeseadus (lühend - JäätS)
From 1 January 2008, it is forbidden to deposit unsorted municipal waste in landfills, which means that waste must be collected separately. The requirement for sorting municipal waste is regulated by the Waste Act. The grounds for conditioning waste handling are principles of the environmental strategy: sustainable development, the prevention and avoidance of environmental damages, the integration of waste handling with other fields of life and with the exploitation of natural resources. Waste sorting is organised by local governments that also provide relevant information to residents.
Regulate waste management.

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Responsible Authority: 
Ministry of the Environment


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