Waste generation and waste management receive increasing attention among policy makers. Unfortunately, under existing policy frameworks, both producers and households often lack proper incentives to reduce the amounts of waste generated, and to ensure that the waste which is generated causes few adverse environmental impacts. Some countries have adopted ambitious targets in the waste area, but the costs of achieving them through the instruments chosen are sometimes high. It is therefore important to carefully assess the costs and benefits of waste-related policies.
The OECD held a workshop in October 2003, bringing together leading experts in the field, to take stock of “the state of the art” in the economics of waste area, and to identify issues on which further work in the area of solid waste management and policy should be undertaken. The OECD produced a publication that presents papers prepared for that workshop.
Addressing the Economics of Waste;
Waste Generation and related policies: Broad trends over the last ten years;
Economic analysis of solid waste management policies;
The development and implementation of a landfill tax in the UK;
Waste tax in Norway;
PVC waste in Denmark: costs and benefits of alternative treatments;
Efficient targetting of waste policies in the product chain;
Targetting lead in solid waste;
Changing product characteristics to reduce waste generation.
No. of pages: 203
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