Instruments for Waste Prevention and Promoting Material Efficiency

A Nordic Review

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Waste quantities in most EU countries are growing. To reverse this trend we need effective waste prevention policy instruments. In the new waste framework directive the EU demands member states to establish national waste prevention programmes. This project aimed at finding new policy instruments for waste prevention and material efficiency through discussions with Nordic experts. The purpose of this report is to give ideas to Nordic countries for possible policy tools to be introduced and to support the preparation of national waste prevention strategies and other environmental strategies.




According to the interviews waste prevention has not been in focus in the past years, but it is expected to change due to climate change debate and also due to the new EU waste framework directive. Some of the interviewees pointed out material efficiency being economically reasonable for companies, why there is a growing interest on the matter.


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