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  • 15-April-2014


    Sustainable Materials Management (SMM)

    The OECD Environmental Strategy clearly outlines the need for governments to look for integrated solutions such as sustainable materials management to address current environmental concerns. Ideally public authorities should try to internalise all negative environmental externalities in the prices facing firms and consumers at all stages of the life-cycle.

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  • 27-September-2013


    Environmentally Sound Management of Waste

    The OECD is developing international policies to promote and harmonise the environmentally sound management (ESM) of wastes within the OECD area.

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  • 6-September-2013


    The OECD Control System for waste recovery

    The OECD Council approved the Opinion of the Environment Policy Committee regarding the compliance by Israel with the OECD Decision C(2001)107/FINAL which establishes the OECD Control system for waste destined for recovery. Since 1992, transboundary movements of recyclable wastes between OECD countries are regulated by this Decision, established by OECD Council, and designed as an agreement under Article 11 of the Basel Convention.

  • 18-March-2013


    Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Materials Management

    The OECD report “Greenhouse gas emissions and the potential for mitigation from materials management within OECD countries” provides support to governments in showing the importance of using a life-cycle approach to analyse GHG mitigation options from materials management.

  • 14-February-2013

    English, PDF, 271kb

    Flyer: Work on sustainable materials and waste management

    This flyer includes comprehensive information on the following waste areas of work: sustainable materials management, environmentally sound management of waste, transboundary movements of waste, waste prevention and minimisation, and radioactive waste management.

  • 15-October-2012

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    Policy brief on Sustainable Materials Management: A Synthesis

    Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is increasingly recognised as a policy approach that can make a key contribution to green growth and the challenges that are posed by sustained global economic and demogarphic growth.

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  • 12-October-2012

    English, PDF, 1,424kb

    Case Study on Critical Metals in Mobile Phones

    This report focuses on four key policy issues: life-cycle externalities, trade policy impacts, material substitution and hazardous waste policies, and used and end-of-life mobile device management. Across these key policy issues, this report has identified the following observations relating to sustainable materials management.

  • 5-June-2011

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    Policy Instruments for Sustainable Materials Management

    The purpose of this report is to identify SMM policy instruments that are currently in use across OECD countries. Lessons learned from existing policy implementation have been used to formulate conclusions and recommendations for the structure of future SMM policy instruments.

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  • 23-May-2011


    Resource Productivity in the G8 and the OECD - A Report in the Framework of the Kobe 3R Action Plan

    This report, in response to a request made by G8 Environment Ministers at their meeting in Kobe in 2008, presents an evaluation of progress on resource productivity.

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  • 22-May-2011

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    Sustainable Management and Recovery Potential of Non-Packaging Plastic Waste from the Commercial and Private Household Sectors

    The objective of this case study on plastics is to analyse the environmental impacts of plastics throughout their lifecycle and to explore policy opportunities and barriers for SMM, as a way of demonstrating the utility of the SMM concept for policy-making.

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