Waste Management and the Green Economy
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Waste Management and the Green Economy

Law and Policy

Edited by Katharina Kummer Peiry, Andreas R. Ziegler and Jorun Baumgartner

Can waste become a profitable business rather than a costly problem, creating green business opportunities and green jobs while protecting the environment? Might this reduce illegal trade and improper recycling of hazardous wastes by making the legitimate alternatives more attractive? Addressing these questions, this book examines environmentally sound waste management as a driver in the transition to a green economy, and discusses how this transition is challenged by technical limitations, weak regulatory environments and lack of financial incentives.
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Katharina Kummer Peiry, Andreas R. Ziegler and Jorun Baumgartner

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Does resource and energy recovery from waste have the potential to become a pilot area for a Green Economy? As noted in the Introduction, this question inspired the collection of essays in this book. The contributions offer a somewhat kaleidoscopic outlook, providing a range of diverse but complementary insights from different angles and perspectives. Not surprisingly, it is difficult to draw a clear-cut answer from them. They do however add up to a range of elements that may be linked together to form the basis of an answer. Part I of the book focuses on the role of international law and policy in shaping the approach to waste management, including resource and energy recovery from wastes. An overview of the general principles of international law as they relate to waste management is followed by an examination of whether and how international law supports a resource-based approach to waste. The role of the Basel Convention as the sole global treaty addressing waste management is then considered. Finally, waste as potential tradable goods under the WTO agreements is analysed.

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