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[GreenYes] RE: economic instrument for zero waste

Eric (and others) ~

There are many publications on economic instruments for solid waste management available on the Internet. Some are quite specific; others are more general. Some are quite old; others are quite new.

As examples of very specific studies , at <> is Selection, Design and Implementation of Economic Instruments in the Solid Waste Management Sector in Kenya. The Case of Plastic Bags. At <> is Instruments for sustainable solid waste management in Botswana.

An older report is on Waste Management: Evaluation of Economic Instruments to Achieve the Principle of 'Waste Not Want Not, from 1996, is at

One of the larger resources is at <>, the OECD/EEA database on instruments used for environmental policy and natural resources management.

Time to get out the college econ books !

Best wishes,


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From: GreenYes@no.address [mailto:GreenYes@no.address]On Behalf Of Eric Lombardi
Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2007 12:29 PM
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Subject: [GreenYes] Re: Fwd: [GAIA] economic instrument for zero waste

Wow, can someone get a copy of this article for us all to read?


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From: GreenYes@no.address [mailto:GreenYes@no.address] On Behalf Of Gary Liss
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FYI - this is a reference that might be of interest for Zero Waste

From: pcostner@no.address
To: Gaia-members@no.address
Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2007 09:02:25 -0500

Greyson, J., 2007. An economic instrument for zero waste, economic growth and sustainability. Journal of Cleaner Production 15: 1382-1390.

If global problems such as climate change and waste remain unresolved, society can choose either to continue attempting to incrementally reduce wastes and lessen impacts, or to consider a more ambitious approach that paradoxically may be easier to implement. This paper suggests how an approach designed to prevent waste and other global impacts could be based upon the established practices of precycling, circular economic policy and recycling insurance. A new economic instrument called 'precycling insurance' is proposed, so that decision-making can be led by the market rather than by prescriptive regulation or educational campaigns. The approach gains relevance now that China is developing a national 'Law on the Promotion of the Development of Circular Economy'.

Gary Liss
Fax: 916-652-0485 <>

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