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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OECD is working closely with other Inter-governmental Organisations producing environment-related Outlooks in 2006-2008. This co-operation strengthens the coherence and complementarities between the Outlooks, and minimises any duplication.
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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.
This report surveys the empirical (economic) literature, asking whether there indeed is any evidence of different effects on the rate and direction of technological change associated with different environmental policy instruments.
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A broader OECD project has analysed the environmental effectiveness and economic efficiency of instrument mixes addressing selected environmental issues. In this connection, case studies of the instrument mixes addressing household waste have been prepared.