Principles for waste management according to EU-law.
The Waste Framework Directive (WFD) lays down some basic waste management principles: it requires that waste is managed without endangering human health and harming the environment, and in particular without risk to water, air, soil, plants or animals, without causing a nuisance through noise or odours, and without adversely affecting the countryside or places of special interest.
Reducing the amount of waste and reducing the hazardous content of the waste is regarded as the highest priority according to the Waste Hierarchy.
The polluter pays principle is an overarching principle of environmental responsibility. In short, the principle implies that those who pollute, in this case: the original waste producer or the current/previous waste holders, should bear the costs of waste management.
School leaders should consult resources that outline their local and national regulations, as these are often more stringent than this EU directive.