The Commission's proposals on waste are foggy on key definitions that are at the heart of the new strategy focusing on life-cycle thinking, a panel of MEPs, business and NGO experts agreed. A host of EU directives already exist that deal with specific waste 'streams'. These relate for example to used vehicles, waste from electric and electronic equipment (WEEE), waste batteries, sewage sludge and packaging waste (see full list of EU waste legislation here). In 2005, the Commission presented a new Thematic Strategy on Waste Prevention and Recycling and proposed an updated version of the waste framework directive. The strategy reviews and streamlines existing legislation within a single, comprehensive framework .


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