Transboundary movement of waste

The "Transboundary movement of waste" fact sheet focuses on the amount of waste shipped to and from Portugal (including EU and non-EU countries) destined for recovery or disposal operations.

The Transboundary Movement of Waste (TMW) concerns the shipment of waste according to the origin, destination and itinerary of such shipments, the type of waste being shipped and the type of treatment to be applied to the waste at its destination. It applies to waste shipments:

  • between Member States, within the EU or in transit through non-EU countries;
  • imported from non-EU countries to the EU;
  • exported from the EU to non-EU countries;
  • in transit within the EU, from and destined to non-EU countries. 

It should be noted that the expressions "export" and "import" apply only to shipments involving countries outside the European Union.

The operation of the TMW is ruled by Regulation (EC) No. 1013/2006 concerning waste transfers.

Waste shipments subject to the "prior written notification and consent procedure", commonly known as the "Orange List" refer to the movement of waste subject to the prior written notification and consent procedure and apply to transfers of waste destined for operations recovery or disposal.

Waste shipments subject to “general information requirements”, commonly known as the “Green List”, refer to the movement of non-hazardous waste destined for recovery operations. The obligation to be accompanied by certain information includes completing a specific form as well as the existence of an associated contract.

This fact sheet concerns mainland Portugal and shall be updated on an annual basis.

Objectives and targets: 
  • To respect the principle of waste hierarchy, promoting the minimisation of waste production, followed by recovery operations and, lastly, turning to disposal operations;
  • To respect the principle of self-sufficiency and proximity, ensuring that waste treatment operations are carried out with a high level of environmental and public health protection, preferably on national territory, minimising as much as possible the transboundary movement of waste, and complying with proximity criteria;
  • To ensure the establishment of an integrated and adequate network of recovery and disposal facilities for all types of waste, taking into account the best available technologies with sustainable costs.
Progress analysis:
Last update: 
Tuesday, 17 August, 2021