Resource productivity and waste

The OECD Control System for waste recovery



The updated OECD Database on Transboundary Movements of Wastes is now available for download. (See below for further information) 



Since March 1992, transboundary movements of wastes destined for recovery operations between member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have been supervised and controlled under a specific intra-OECD Control System.

This OECD Control System, which is established by Council Decision [C(2001)107/FINAL], aims at facilitating trade of recyclables in an environmentally sound and economically efficient manner by using a simplified procedure as well as a risk-based approach to assess the necessary level of control for materials. Wastes exported outside the OECD area, whether for recovery or final disposal, do not benefit from this simplified control procedure.

The OECD Control System is based on two types of control procedures:

1. Green Control Procedure: for wastes presenting low risk for human health and the environment and, therefore, are not subject to any other controls than those normally applied in commercial transactions

2. Amber Control Procedure: for wastes presenting sufficient risk to justify their control.

Wastes subject to these control procedures are listed in Appendices 3 and 4 to the OECD Council Decision: the Green and Amber lists of wastes. The controls of waste shipments are carried out by national competent authorities and Customs Offices as appropriate, through the use of notification and movement documents.


On 13 February 2013, the OECD Council approved, the Opinion of the Environment Policy Committee regarding the compliance by Israel with the Council Decision establishing the Control system for waste destined for recovery. As a result, it is now possible for Israel to export and import recyclable wastes to and from OECD Member countries.


The Guidance Manual for the Control of Transboundary Movements of Recoverable Wastes explains the functioning of the OECD control system. It assists national governments and competent authorities to implement the OECD control system and helps private companies to import and export recoverable wastes in an environmentally sound and economically efficient manner.


database of Transboundary Movements of Wastes destined for recovery operations is available and includes relevant information to complete the forms for notification and movement documents required by national competent authorities. This database is updated regularly by the Secretariat and contains information divided into two parts:

(i) contact details of competent authorities and pre-consented recovery facilities

(ii) pre-consented waste details which include the waste name and code, the type of recovery operation applied, the type of technology used, the validity of the pre-consent and the quantity of waste concerned.