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  • 27-January-2009

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    Report of the 2nd survey on SMM-Related Activities in OECD Countries

    This report provides a synthesis of government responses to the 2008 OECD survey on incentives toward Sustainable Materials Management (SMM).

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  • 15-December-2008

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    Front-Runners' Experience on Sustainable Materials Management (SMM)

    This report summarises the main results that emerged from discussion at the 2nd OECD Workshop on Sustainable Materials Management which was hosted by Israel in Tel-Aviv, 7-9 April 2008.

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  • 30-September-2008

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    A Study on Methodologies Relevant to the OECD Approach on Sustainable Materials Management

    This study provides an overview of ten methodologies used, directly or indirectly, to assess material use in terms of its potential impacts on the environment, benefits to society and value for the economy. The purpose of the study is to promote understanding of the strengths and limitations of the methodologies, in terms of their potential application as part of a strategy to promote more sustainable management of materials. The

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  • 30-September-2008

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    Inventory of International Initiatives Related to Sustainable Materials Management

    This Inventory of International Initiatives related to Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) was financed by the Flemish Public Waste Agency (OVAM).

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  • 24-June-2008

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    Measuring Material Flows and Resource Productivity

    This report is part of the OECD work programme on material flows (MF) and resource productivity (RP) that supports the implementation of the OECD Council recommendation on MF and RP adopted in April 2004.

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  • 24-May-2008

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    Resource productivity and the "3Rs"

    In his speech delivered at the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting 2008, Angel Gurría discussed how promoting resource productivity and the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) can protect the environment while sustaining growth and prosperity.

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  • 30-October-2007

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    Guidance Manual on Environmentally Sound Management of Waste

    All waste, whether domestically generated or subject to export and import, should be managed in an environmentally sound manner in order to protect human health and the environment. To meet this objective and,at the same time, ensure fair competition between waste management enterprises throughout the OECD area, a Recommendation on ESM [C(2004)100] has been adopted by member countries. In order to facilitate its implementation, a

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  • 16-October-2007

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    Council Recommendation on Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of Waste [C(2004)100]

    Recommends that member countries elaborate and implement policies and/or programmes to ensure that waste be managed in an environmentally sound and economically efficient manner.

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  • 20-February-2007

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    Instrument Mixes Addressing Household Waste

    The OECD Working Party on National Environmental Policy addressed over the period 2003-2006 the environmental effectiveness and economic efficiency of mixes of instruments used for environmental policy in a few selected areas.

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  • 13-February-2007

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    Policy Brief: Improving Recycling Markets

    Societies produce ever-growing quantities of solid waste, from packaging to abandoned televisions and cars. Disposing of this waste, often by burying it in landfills or burning it, produces significant soil contamination, as well as air and water pollution. It is particularly important to manage hazardous solid waste safely and efficiently.One way of limiting the scale of the problem is to recycle waste where it is economic to do so.

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