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  • Key findings: Global Material Resources Outlook to 2060

    22-23 October 2018 in Yokohama, Japan - At the occasion of the World Circular Economy Forum, the OECD launches the key findings of the report which presents global projections of materials use and their environmental consequences, providing a quantitative outlook to 2060 at the global, sectoral and regional levels for 61 different materials (biomass resources, fossil fuels, metals and non-metallic minerals)

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  • Event: Global Forum on Environment - Plastics in a Circular Economy

    29-31 May 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark - The Forum sought to incentivise a shift in sustainable chemistry thinking at the product design stage by identifying good practices, including tools and approaches, as well as a policy framework to reduce the environmental and health plastics impacts.

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  • Report: Improving Markets for Recycled Plastics

    Plastics have become one of the most prolific materials on the planet: in 2015 we produced about 380 million tonnes of plastics globally, up from 2 million tonnes in the 1950s. This report "Improving Markets for Recycled Plastics - Trends, Prospects and Policy Responses" looks at why this is the case and what we can do about it, as the pervasiveness of plastics is becoming an urgent public health and planetary problem.

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OECD is tackling today’s most challenging resource management issues by promoting the sustainable use of materials in order to reduce their negative environmental impacts, encouraging resource efficiency and the transition towards a circular economy.

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video: time to rethink plastic recycling

Why is only a fifth of plastic recycled? Collecting, sorting and processing waste plastic is expensive and some plastics cannot be recycled because of the hazardous chemicals used to make them. Watch our video to find out what the OECD recommends to tackle this problem.

 

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