Factsheet: Waste management Decree

Waste management Decree

Key Information


Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Decree-Law No. 178/2006 on waste management
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Decreto-Lei n.o 178/2006
This Decree, composed of 81 articles divided in five titles, introduces in the national legal order the Directives no. 2006/12/EC on waste and Council and No. 91/689/EEC on hazardous waste. It defines the general system for waste management, including collection, transport, storage, disposal, treatment, valorization and elimination. Moreover, it rules on soil decontamination. Finally, the Decree-Law rules on licensing, registration and control procedures. Among the principles undergoing waste management is worth mentioning: self-sufficiency, management responsibility, prevention and reduction, hierarchy of waste management operations and citizens’ responsibility.
Prevention and management of waste.

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Responsible Authority: 
Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente - Portuguese Environmental Agency


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