The setting of ecodesign standards to promote improved waste recycling

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Abstract

The underpinning idea of extended producer responsibility rules has been to provide incentives for manufacturers to design products that are easy to recycle. However, current incentives for design for recycling are limited, due to the problems in assigning costs for collection and recycling of individual products to the relevant producers. An alternative way to promote design for recycling, or to increase recycling, is to use mandatory standards for ecodesign, or stipulate that recycled materials must be used in new products. The European Union’s Ecodesign Directive has mainly been used to regulate the energy efficiency of products, but there is now interest in using the Directive to trigger resource efficiency and design for recycling. In this contribution we look at potential ecodesign standards, and discuss how requirements on recycled content could be applied to trigger high quality recycling of plastic waste from electrical and electronic equipment. We further discuss the need to engage several actors throughout product chains, and whether market dynamics should be a decisive factor when deciding on whether mandatory regulation is necessary or not.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication[Host publication title missing]
PublisherJapan Society of Material Cycles and Waste Management
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event25th Annual Conference of the Japan Society of Material Cycles and Waste Management (JSMCWM) - Hiroshima, Japan
Duration: 0001 Jan 2 → …

Conference

Conference25th Annual Conference of the Japan Society of Material Cycles and Waste Management (JSMCWM)
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityHiroshima
Period0001/01/02 → …

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • ecodesign
  • ecodesign standards
  • recycling
  • recycling policy
  • design for recycling

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