Exporting consumer goods

Exporting consumer goods: Second-hand articles or waste?

This information brochure gives tips for distinguishing between waste and second-hand goods and contains practical advice on how to conform to the relevant environmental regulations. It is directed principally at traders, carriers and relief organisations and aims.

 

La Svizzera produce circa 24 milioni di tonnellate di rifiuti l’anno, un volume che costituisce una sfida sia per l’uomo che per la natura. Il presente rapporto intitolato «Smaltire i rifiuti. Illustrazione della situazione in Svizzera» compie un attento esame dei nostri rifiuti. In sei capitoli riunisce e articola le basi concernenti i rifiuti in Svizzera fornendo una sintesi tematica delle loro origini e del loro impatto. 
La Svizzera produce circa 24 milioni di tonnellate di rifiuti l’anno, un volume che costituisce una sfida sia per l’uomo che per la natura. Il presente rapporto intitolato «Smaltire i rifiuti. Illustrazione della situazione in Svizzera» compie un attento esame dei nostri rifiuti. In sei capitoli riunisce e articola le basi concernenti i rifiuti in Svizzera fornendo una sintesi tematica delle loro origini e del loro impatto. 

Transboundary movement of waste

New publication «Transboundary movement of waste»

This information brochure of the FOEN is directed at exporters and importers of waste and it describes the international and domestic regulations relating to transboundary shipments. Vague legal concepts are clarified and, in particular, the necessary conditions and procedures for obtaining an export authorisation and import consent are explained.

The building stock as a raw materials store

Brennpunkt Bauwerk als Rohstofflager

The building stock in Switzerland has huge quantities of material in store. This source of raw materials is not sufficiently taken into consideration and exploited. The following is a explanation of the reasons for this and of what needs to be changed in the future.

The building stock as a raw materials store (PDF, 4 MB, 22.01.2017) (in German) abstract Swiss Bulletin for Applied Geology (22/1, 2017)

At a glance


Plastic waste

Plastic consumption is increasing, which results in an increase in the amount of plastic waste. Criteria for the separate collection of plastic, information on recycling and disposal options.

Food Waste

An estimated 2.3 million tonnes of food are wasted across the entire value chain. For the first time ever, studies show the situation in Switzerland.

Waste Ordinance (VVEA)

The implementation tool will be developed into different modules in stages. An overview of progress in the work, the formation of working groups and frequently asked questions.

Waste statistics

Waste in numbers: overview of waste quantities and recycling rates. Methodology explanations.

Transboundary movements of waste

Export, import and transit of waste as well as information on the export of used goods.

Mercury

The Minimata Convention is a global legally binding instrument on management of this toxic metal; Switzerland is adapting four ordinances to it.

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