This chapter of Agenda 21 relates the issue of management and disposal of solid wastes to other cross-sectoral issues in Agenda 21. Few paragraphs of this chapter contained brackets at the beginning of the Conference. These paragraphs set targets and timetables for accomplishing the objectives set forth in each of the three programme areas. The G-77 did not want to agree to such targets until it was assured of sufficient technology and financial resources. The brackets on these paragraphs were only removed once the chapters on technology transfer and finance were resolved.
The four programme areas are: Minimizing wastes; Maximizing environmentally sound waste reuse and recycling; Promoting environmentally sound waste disposal and treatment; and Extending waste service coverage.