THE ROLE OF EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY IN STRATEGIC WASTE MANAGEMENT
Without any countermeasures the volume of waste grows parallel to or even faster than our wealth, measured in Gross Domestic Product.
It is evident that in such a scenario even the most advanced waste management technologies will not be sufficient to ensure sustainable growth and development for our civilization.
It must therefore be a fundamental cornerstone of a successful sustainable waste management strategy to create ways and means to reduce waste – minimize waste production, facilitate recycling, increase the quality and value of the recycled materials etc. It should be noted here that newer studies show that sustainable waste management strategy holds the largest short-term potential for CO2 reduction (Source: ISWA White Paper, Waste and Climate, Dec.2009)Download