Material recycling without hazardous substances: Interplay of two policy streams and impacts on industry

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Abstract

Governments of different levels have been implementing various policies to enhance the closure of material loops, as well as to reduce the risk of hazardous substances. Manufacturers and distributors of products have a crucial role in the selection and/or verification of materials for their new products. This study sought to obtain concrete knowledge on perception, experiences, and future outlook of manufacturers and distributors who have been proactive in at least one of the two areas; the increased use of recycled materials and the decreased use of hazardous substances. The study covered four sectors - interior products, clothing, toys, and electrical and electronic equipment - and based on in-depth interviews to 10 manufacturers, sought to identify similarities and differences between the sectors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPreventing Environmental Damage from Products
Subtitle of host publicationAn Analysis of the Policy and Regulatory Framework in Europe
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Chapter10
Pages253-275
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781108500128
ISBN (Print)9781108422444
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Other Environmental Engineering

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