Sustainable Materials Management

Making Better Use of Resources

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Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is increasingly recognised as a policy approach that can make a key contribution to green growth and the challenges that are posed by sustained global economic and demogarphic growth. One of the key challenges of the SMM approach is to effectively address the environmental impacts that can occur along the life-cycle of materials, which frequently extends across borders and involves a multitude of different economic actors.   This book outlines a series of policy principles for SMM, examines how to set and use targets for SMM, and explores various policy instruments for SMM.  In addition it provides examples of policy action plans from the UK and the Netherlands, before presenting a series of conclusions and recommendations.


Setting and using targets for SMM: Opportunities and challenges

Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) and the concept of addressing waste issues by looking at the value chain are well accepted components of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and waste policy. However, both face a number of challenges in implementation including the establishment of effective targets. The purpose of this chapter is to explore the opportunities, challenges and important considerations faced by policy makers when setting and implementing SMM-related targets.


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