Circular Economy: capturing value in waste through extended producer responsibility policies

Project: ResearchInterdisciplinary research, Collaboration with industry, International collaboration

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences
  • Engineering and Technology


  • Circular economy, extended producer responsibility (EPR), value in waste, value analysis, policy analysis


Transition to a resource-efficient circular economy requires effective end-of-life management for products. Currently there are several challenges to closing material loops, including capturing value from waste and managing competing interest for waste with high value. Adding to the complexity is the fact that value can take different forms, including economic value for the sale of recycled materials, value for avoided environmental harm and strategic value for certain critical materials. This research project focusses on how value in waste products is currently dealt with, examining products with a generally negative economic value (lamps) and products with more positive, but still fluctuating, value (white goods, cars, and mobile phones). Regular interaction with key stakeholders provides insights into practice to determine the dynamics of when and how value can arise, values currently not captured, and the role of policy. The project builds a framework to analyse different dimensions of value and evaluates the implementation in selected member states of two EU directives based on extended producer responsibility (EPR) - one on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and the other on End of Life Vehicles. EU experience is compared to policies and practices in U.S. and Japan. The aim of the project is to suggest how EPR policies can better capture value from end-of-life products.
Effective start/end date2018/01/012020/12/31


Related research output

Jessika Luth Richter, 2019 Dec 13, Lund University: Lund University. 207 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (compilation)

Erika Machacek, Jessika Luth Richter & Ruth Lane, 2017 Oct, In : Resources. 6, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Related activities

Richter, J. (Organiser)
2018 Nov 20

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of workshop/ seminar/ course

Richter, J. (Contributor)
2018 Sep

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