Directive 2008/98/EC on Waste


This Directive is the current regulatory framework governing the production and management of waste in the European Union. Among its most important features are the following:


  The Directive establishes a waste management hierarchy, in order of priority: prevention, preparation for reuse, recycling, other forms of recovery (including energy recovery), and disposal.
  It includes the concept of 'end of waste' status, which is granted subject to certain conditions and specific criteria being met. End of life tyres are a candidate for the definition of end of waste status criteria.
  Limitation of the application of the principles of self-sufficiency and proximity to waste for disposal and mixed municipal waste for recovery.
  Definition of the scope of the concept of extended producer responsibility.

Waste Directive


Law 22/2011 on Waste and Contaminated Land


Transposes Directive 2008/98/EC on Waste into Spanish law. This law is Spain's basic legislation on environmental protection, although regional governments are empowered to establish additional protection rules. Its main features are as follows:


  Strategic prevention target: 10% reduction in the weight of waste produced in 2020 compared to 2010.
  Creation of a Waste Coordination Commission to oversee technical cooperation and collaboration between the different administrations with competence for waste issues.
  Simplification of the administrative intervention system for waste production and management operations.
  New legal and institutional regime for collective extended producer responsibility systems.

Waste Law 22/2012 Urgent Measures Law 11/2012


Royal Decree 1619/2005 on end of life tyre management


Incorporates and extends the principle of extended producer responsibility to tyres, with the main aim of preventing the generation of end of life tyres. Establishes the legal regime for tyre production and management, fostering the application of the waste hierarchy.

Scope covers Spain's replacement tyre market, except bicycle tyres and tyres of more than 1400mm in diameter.

Establishes the obligation for tyre producers to prepare and submit a Company End of Life Tye Prevention Plan in order to minimise the impact on the environment. Plans may be drawn up through an integrated management system.

In addition, every producer is obliged to manage an amount of end of life tyres up to the amount which it places on the replacement market. One of the mechanisms put in place by the Royal Decree for compliance with these obligations is participation in an integrated management system.

Royal Decree 1619/2005


Integrated National Waste Plan


Adopted in 2009, this strategic plan aims to guide specific management policies and help promote the establishment of common requirements among the competent administrations and the sectors concerned.

With regard to end of life tyres, it sets qualitative and quantitative objectives togetehr with the measures to be taken to achieve these.

PNIR 2008-2015