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  • 17-June-2014

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    Global Forum on Environment: Promoting Sustainable Materials Management through Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

    Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is increasingly recognised worldwide as an efficient waste management policy to help improve recycling and reduce landfilling of products and materials. This Forum took place on 17-19 June 2014, in Tokyo, Japan, to identify key challenges and opportunities for further developing EPR policies.

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  • 14-June-2014

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    Message in a bottle: Producers not taxpayers should pay for the waste they generate - Insights Blog

    Have you ever wondered who was paying to recycle that plastic bottle you just threw away?

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  • 27-September-2013

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

  • 17-October-2012

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    Sustainable Materials Management - Making Better Use of Resources

    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. One of the key challenges of the SMM approach is to effectively address the environmental impacts that can occur along the life-cycle of materials, which frequently extends across borders and involves a multitude of different economic actors.   This book outlines a series of policy principles for SMM, examines how to set and use targets for SMM, and explores various policy instruments for SMM.  In addition it provides examples of policy action plans from the UK and the Netherlands, before presenting a series of conclusions and recommendations.
  • 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

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    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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