Waste Management

Guidelines for the Development, Review, and Updating of National Waste Management Strategies

The International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC UNEP), in collaboration with UNITAR, have prepared "Guidelines for the development, review and updating of national waste management strategies". It responds to UNEP Governing Council decisions 25/8 and 26/3 calling on UNEP to support national implementation of integrated waste management and to the Rio+20 call for development of comprehensive national waste management strategies (paragraph 218 of the outcome document, "The Future We Want").

The strategy guidelines are intended to foster a holistic and overarching approach to national waste management planning. They build upon and cross reference the many valuable materials that have previously been developed to provide technical support for management of individual waste streams or parts of the waste life-cycle, and to support planning in related fields such as chemicals management. The strategy guidelines also take account of recent policy emphases relating, for example, to "green economy" objectives, linkages between waste management and climate change, and the potential for greater resource recovery from waste.

The guidance is available in English and French and can be found here.

For further details on next steps, please visit the UNEP IETC page on the guidelines.