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Implementation of la21 policies on waste management and the consequences on biotechnology of organic solid waste

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The UN 'Earth Summit' in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992 came about because of international concern about the environmental impact of human development, especially in areas like water, soil and air pollution, global warming, endangered species, tropical forests and oceans. The 'Rio Summit' produced a document called 'Agenda 21 – A plan for the 21st Century', which was signed and agreed to be implemented by most UN countries. The world leaders who committed themselves to this document, including all European countries and the EU, agreed to adapt the chapters of this document on a regional level in their countries through the development of LA21 (Local Agenda 21) documents. LA21 Action Plans would be produced and implemented by each regional local authority in each country, based on their regional development characteristics for sustainable development and environmental protection. There were four elements that Agenda 21 set out actions to establish sustainability in issues related to solid waste management (Anonymous, 1992):

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