New Law on Waste and Contaminated Soil: main new features

Nueva Ley de Residuos y Suelos Contaminados: principales novedades

On April 10, the new Waste Law came into force in Spain, whose main objective is to minimize the negative effects of waste generation and management on human health and the environment. Likewise, and in line with the principles governing the circular economy, as stated in the BOE, said policy must "also aim to make efficient use of resources, with a decisive strategic commitment by the public administrations as a whole, as well as the involvement and commitment of all economic and social agents."

Climate change and marine litter are currently the main sources of concern about the impact of waste on the environment. With regard to the environment, methane emitted from biodegradable waste landfills is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions, which can be significantly reduced by promoting, for example, policies that avoid landfilling biodegradable waste. In addition, sustainable waste management helps other economic sectors to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases and other atmospheric pollutants. Moreover, proper waste management prevents waste from ending up in the marine environment. With regard to the efficient use of resources, waste management in Spain still relies predominantly on landfill, so a waste policy that rigorously applies the principle of hierarchy will contribute to greater sustainability, as well as to the implementation of circular economic models.

This new law aims to establish a series of principles of the circular economy in the field of waste, contributing to the Sustainable Development goals of the 2030 Agenda. On the other hand, waste policy contributes to job creation in certain sectors, such as those linked to preparation for reuse and recycling, so the law also contributes to the creation and consolidation of employment in the waste management sector.

Among the most noteworthy novelties introduced by Law 7/2022 are the restrictions on certain single-use plastic products, the revision of the regulatory framework of the extended producer responsibility for waste, and a review and update of the inspection and sanctioning regime. It also incorporates a series of fiscal measures: the special tax on non-reusable packaging and the tax on the deposit of waste in landfills, incineration and co-incineration of waste.

The Law on Waste and Contaminated Soils establishes measures aimed at protecting the environment and human health, through the prevention and reduction of waste generation and its impact on the environment, as well as placing special emphasis on the promotion of sustainable and circular production and consumption models.

From Trans Sabater we are 100% committed to the care of the environment from day one, and we strongly support all changes that are in favor of adapting, more and more and better, the circular economy in Spain.

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