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  • Submitted by: Iceland
  • Topic: Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
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  • Location: Iceland
  • Date of completion: 2004
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  • This voluntary initiative came from Green economy policies, practices and initiatives
National Waste Management Plan
Description/achievement of initiative

In Iceland, the first National Waste Management Plan (2004-2016) focuses on the most cost-effective conditions possible with regards to recycling and an obligation on local authorities to produce waste statistics.
Source: UNCSD Secretariat (2010) Questionnaire for the Member States on Experiences, Success Factors, Risks and Challenges with Regard to Objective and Themes of UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)

Compared to the relatively low population figures, Iceland produces a substantial amount of waste and the amounts are increasing. Statistics show that the total amount of waste managed in the years 2004, 2005 and 2006 amounted to respectively 493.000, 518.000 and lastly 546 000 tons. In 2003 Iceland's first general waste legislation became effective, and it has resulted in the first National Waste Management Plan running from 2004-2016. The plan focuses on the most cost-effective conditions possible with regards to recycling and an obligation on local authorities to produce waste statistics. Furthermore the national and regional plans will be reviewed every third year.

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