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Analysis of Nordic Regulatory Framework and its Effect on Waste Prevention and Recycling in the Region

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At an important time in Nordic Waste Policy, as the 2018 Circular Economy Package makes significant updates to key European Union directives, this work looks back at the Nordic regulatory framework for waste from the 1970s and its effect upon waste prevention and recycling. At an important time in Nordic Waste Policy, as the 2018 Circular Economy Package makes significant updates to key European Union directives, this work looks back at the Nordic regulatory framework for waste from the 1970s and its effect upon waste prevention and recycling.

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Executive Summary

The Nordic region includes some of the most developed and mature waste management systems in Europe, with various aspects of the waste and resource management industry in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland rightly being seen as world-leading. Although there is still much to do in the island nations to develop advanced waste management systems, the region as a whole is widely regarded as being at the forefront of tackling the key environmental, social and economic issues associated with inefficient resource use. Notable cross cutting issues for current waste management for the Nordic Nations include, to a greater or lesser extent by country, a mismatch between the current waste infrastructure and the infrastructure required to meet the recycling aspirations outlined in national waste strategies (and EU waste targets), and the challenges posed in delivering an efficient waste management system for rural populations and/or in extreme winter weather conditions.

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