Last week, the European Parliament passed the amendments to the directive, but controversially did not include targets on waste prevention as part of a compromise agreement to enable the new framework to move further towards being fully adopted by the EU and national governments.
However, Richard Howitt MEP, speaking at the East Meets Waste conference in Cambridge said: "Waste prevention is coming from the European Union.
"We've decided not to introduce waste prevention, but we have signalled that we will by 2014 and we will introduce those targets during the life of the next Parliament."
He pointed out however that the European Parliament did insist that it would be mandatory on national governments to introduce waste prevention measures as part of the revisions.
Additionally, he warned that this directive and ongoing EU legislation would provide a shift from a focus on mainly municipal waste to include a wider look at commercial and industrial waste.
"There will be much stronger emphasis on businesses and as an example, businesses may be required to always print recyclability on all packaging which doesn't always happen at present."