The Agència de Residus de Catalunya (the new name for the Junta Residus following the publication of Law 15/2003 of 13th June), is an entity of public law regulated by article 1.b of legislative decree 2/2002 of 24th December, which approves the rewritten text of Law 4/1985 of 29th March concerning the statute of Catalan public companies.
The Agència de Residus de Catalunya is responsible for managing the waste generated throughout Catalonia. This does not include the management of radioactive waste, waste from prospecting, extracting, treating or storing mineral resources, waste from quarrying activities, non-hazardous agricultural waste used exclusively in agriculture, non-classified explosives, wastewater or gaseous emissions.
In order to improve the quality of life for citizens in Catalonia and to protect the environment, the main objectives of the Agència de Residus de Catalunya are:
- to promote the minimisation of waste and their danger
- to nurture selective waste collection
- waste evaluation
- refuse disposal
- the recovery of spaces and soils deteriorated by the uncontrolled unloading of waste or by pollutants