European directives require member states to achieve specific environmental objectives. Each directive is translated into UK law through a set of regulations. Find out more about directives, the way they are implemented and our guidance.
- class="standard">Batteries directive
Aims to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacture, distribution, use and disposal and recovery of batteries.
- class="standard">End of life vehicles directive
Aims to reduce the amount of waste from vehicles when they are finally scrapped.
- class="standard">Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive
Aims to prevent, reduce and eliminate pollution in the most significant industrial and agricultural activities.
- class="standard">Landfill directive
Aims to bring about a change in the way we dispose of waste in this country.
- Mining waste directive
Aims to to prevent or minimise any adverse effects on the environment and resultant risks to health resulting from the management of waste from the extractive industries, such as tailings and displaced material.
- class="standard">Urban wastewater directive
Aims to protect the environment from the adverse effect of waste water.
- Waste Framework Directive
The Waste Framework Directive has now been implemented by the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011.
- class="standard">Waste incineration directive
Aims to limit the risks that waste incineration poses to the environment and human health.
- class="standard">WEEE directive
Aims to reduce the amount of WEEE being produced and encourages everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it.