Under a series of voluntary agreements drawn up by the government and the Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry from 1994, partially based on the EU's 1994 packaging directive, the private sector is responsible for operating a national collection and recovery system. According to a report published in May by the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority, almost three-quarters of all waste packaging is now either recycled (59%) or incinerated for energy generation (12%). (ENDS Daily 23 May).
The new report, by consulting engineers Hjellnes Cowi, concludes that "these agreements have been an effective mechanism: the business community, local authorities and consumers have supported their implementation". Cowi recommends a few "simple adjustments to the agreements" and "a stronger emphasis on waste reduction and information".
The report is being circulated for consultation to the government departments and the six material waste management companies involved in the various agreements.
Norwegian environment ministry, tel: +47 22 24 58 25; Hjellnes Cowi, tel: +47 22 57 48 00.
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