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Proposals for targets and indicators for waste prevention in four waste streams

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This project, commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers, had the objective of providing first proposals for targets and indicators that can be used in the Nordic countries’ waste prevention programmes. Four waste streams were considered: food waste, construction- and demolition waste (C&D waste), waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and textile waste. The project took the following two-step approach. Firstly, a literature review of international experiences was conducted regarding waste prevention policy, waste definitions, target setting and use of indicators for the respective four waste streams. Secondly, based on the findings from the literature as well as experiences of the project team, proposals for targets and indicators were developed.

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The aim of the project was to make first proposals for targets and indicators that can be used in the Nordic countries’ waste prevention programmes for the waste streams: food waste, construction- and demolition waste, WEEE and textile waste. The targets and indicators should address the relevant scope of waste prevention within each waste stream including reductions in waste quantities, reductions in the content of hazardous substances in the waste stream, and measure decoupling between economic growth and the negative impact on people and the environment from waste generation. With respect to the last element of the waste prevention definition it is important to note that this only addresses decoupling resulting from actions taken before the product became waste. Developments in waste management are outside the scope of waste prevention.

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