Developing hazardous waste programs

Authors

  • Randy Showstack


Abstract

Developing a fully operational hazardous waste regulatory system requires at least 10 to 15 years—even in countries with strong legal and bureaucratic institutions, according to a report on “The Evolution of Hazardous Waste Programs,” which was funded by Resources for the Future (RFF) and the World Bank's South Asia Environment Group, and issued on June 4.

The report, which compares the experiences of how four developed and four developing countries have created hazardous waste programs, indicates that hazardous waste issues usually do not become a pressing environmental issue until after countries have dealt with more direct threats to public health, such as contaminated drinking water and air pollution. The countries examined include Indonesia, Thailand, Germany, and the United States.

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