Resource productivity and waste


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

    29-31 May 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark (by invitation only) - The OECD Forum will be seeking 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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  • Report: Extended Producer Responsibility

    The report "Extended Producer Responsibility - Guidance for Efficient Waste Management" updates the 2001 Guidance Manual for Governments on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), providing a broad overview of the key issues, general considerations, and the potential benefits and costs associated with producer responsibility for managing the waste generated by their products put on the market.

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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.

Key areas of work



Shardul Agrawala of the OECD Environment Directorate presented on the potential benefits and drawbacks of widespread 3D printing and what it means for environmental sustainability in OECD countries and beyond. 3D printing has gained popularity in recent years with the 3D manufacturing market projected to grow at around 20% each year until 2020. Annual printer sales are projected to exceed $10 billion by 2021. 3D printing may be growing rapidly and innovations abound, but what does this mean for the environment?


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