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Waste Management and the Circular Economy in Selected OECD Countries

Evidence from Environmental Performance Reviews

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Published on September 23, 2019

This report provides a cross-country review of waste, materials management and circular economy policies in selected OECD countries, drawing on OECD’s Environmental Performance Reviews during the period 2010-17. It presents the main achievements in the countries reviewed, along with common trends and policy challenges, and provides insights into the effectiveness and efficiency of waste, materials management and circular economy policy frameworks. As the selected reviews were published over a seven-year period, information for some countries may be more recent than for others. Nevertheless, the policy recommendations emerging from the reviews may provide useful lessons for other OECD countries and partner economies.


Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Main findings and conclusions
Trends in materials consumption and waste generation
Institutional and policy framework
Policy instruments for waste and materials management
Investment and financing mechanisms for waste management
International co-operation
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