Resource productivity and waste

2nd Workshop on Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of Waste


This workshop, held on 28-29 September 2000 in Vienna, Austria, explored progress on Environmentally Sound Management of Wastes (ESM) to date and provided guidance for OECD’s future work in this area. The workshop:

  • reviewed experience on environmentally sound management in the OECD countries;
  • considered pilot guidelines/standards for environmentally sound management of personal computers;
  • considered guidelines/checklists for evaluating the environmental soundness of waste management in the importing facility by competent authorities; and
  • provided guidance to the WGWMP for future work in this area.



Participants List

Summary Report

Session One: Experience with ESM

Outcome of Canadian Survey on Member Countries experiences with ESM

Different stages in the process of growing to a high level of environmental management

The evolution of materials used in personal computers

Session Two: Guidelines/Standards for ESM

Case study on guidelines/standards for personal computers

Environmentally sound management - a global concept with concrete applications

Session Three: Guidelines/Checklists for evaluation of the environmental soundness of an importing facility (general/waste stream specific)

Mechanical processing of EOL EEE - One chance for the ESM of used PCs and other IT-appliances

Voluntary asset recovery programs for used electronics and the role of ESM 



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