Workshop on the Balearic Law on Waste

Workshop on the Balearic Law on Waste 

Law 8/2019, 19 February, on Waste and Contaminated Soils of the Balearic Islands 

“By 5 July 2020, EU governments should have formally adopted the most ambitious set of measures and targets ever agreed to boost recycling and reduce waste”, according to the European Environmental Bureau. “The end goal is to promote responsible and resilient business models as agreed in 2018 under three different pieces of EU legislation: The Waste Framework Directive, the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and the Landfill Directive”.

While European leaders have championed plans for the transition towards a circular economy—such as with the recent European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan—, two years later many countries are still behind with the implementation of measures that should have been implemented. 

In February 2019, the ambitious Balearic Law on Waste and Contaminated Soils was approved with the aim of providing a legal framework for the sustainable management of waste, as well as a legal tool for the EU’s paradigm shift towards a circular economy. The generation of waste needs to reduce, and what is produced needs to stop being waste and turned into a resource. 

The law is founded on European directives with the aim of fostering a circular economy and prioritising the prevention of the generation of waste and, when this isn’t possible, promote reuse and recycling alternatives. 

Companies in the hospitality and distributing sectors are some of the activities which are most affected by the law. As from 2021 there are a number of single-use products which will be forbidden—such as single-use straws, coffee capsules, cups and plates—and will only be able to be sold when made out of compostable materials. An infringement in the commercialisation, distribution, sale, and use of single-use products will be considered a serious sanction from 2021, with amounts ranging between EUR 9,001 and 300,000. 


We provide in person workshops of between 3 and 4 hours during which we explain the implications of the Balearic Law of Waste on companies, with a particular focus on the hospitality industry*. The aim of this course is for participants to understand their current legal obligations already in force since last year and the changes to implement as from 2021 with regards to the commercialisation, sales, distribution, and use of single-use products. 

The workshop is divided in two parts: we first provide a theoretical overview of the law and its contextualisation, and we then carry out dynamic group activities (with physical distancing) in order to understand how to implement the law and as from when certain challenges need to be addressed. 

What will you learn during this course?

– Which single-use products will be forbidden as from 2021—which includes the commercialisation, sales, distribution, and use of these products—and how does it affect the hospitality industry.

– What is considered to be a minor, serious, or very serious breach, and what is the corresponding regulatory system in place. 

– What does a transition to a circular economy mean and where are the biggest challenges regarding our waste system, from a global and local perspective (in order to contextualise the legal framework). 

– Key terminology which will help you in being able to take informed decisions when purchasing products.

– Practical examples, such as: Is a biodegradable straw compostable? What difference is there between bioplastics, compostable plastics, and biodegradable plastics? What is more “environmentally-friendly”: water in plastic bottles, tetra pack, boxed water, cans, or glass? Will it be mandatory to offer clients the possibility of consuming complementary package-free water ( ie. filtered water or tap water)? Which companies need to know this? 


(*) Should your company be from a different industry, please do not hesitate in contacting us and we can discuss further how and if the law effects you in anyway.

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