Factsheet: Sewage sludge directive (Dir. 86/278/EEC)

Sewage sludge directive (Dir. 86/278/EEC)

Key Information

Country/Region:

Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Sewage Sludge Directive - Council Directive 86/278/EEC on the protection of the environment, and in particular of the soil, when sewage sludge is used in agriculture
Description: 
The directive seeks to encourage the use of sewage sludge in agriculture and to regulate its use in such a way as to prevent harmful effects on soil, vegetation, animals and man. To this end, it prohibits the use of untreated sludge on agricultural land unless it is injected or incorporated into the soil.
Goal/Aim: 
Regulate the use of sludge.
Responsible Authority: 
DG Environment

Status:

Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
1986
Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: 
1986
Year Instrument & Measure Ended: 
2009