Factsheet: Waste act

Waste act

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Waste Act (646/2011), Waste Decree (179/2012) and Government Decree on waste incineration (151/2013), Government Decree concerning the recovery of certain wastes in earth construction (591/2006)
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Jätelaki 646/2011, Valtioneuvoston asetus jätteistä 179/2012, Valtioneuvoston asetus jätteen polttamisesta 362/2003 ja sen lisäykset 151/2013
The Act shall apply to waste, waste management and littering, as well as to products and activities generating waste. The purpose of this Act is to prevent the hazard and harm to human health and the environment posed by waste and waste management, to reduce the amount and harmfulness of waste, to promote the sustainable use of natural resources, to ensure functioning waste management, and to prevent littering. The objective of Decree ( 591/2006) is to promote the recovery of wastes by determining the preconditions as the result of which, if met, no environmental permit in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act (86/2000) will be needed for use in earth construction from waste.
Prevention and management of waste.

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Responsible Authority: 
The Ministry of the Environment


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Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: