Resource productivity and waste

Improving Recycling Markets


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ISBN Number: 9264029575
Publication Date: 22 Nov 2006
Pages: 186

Improving Recycling Markets

OECD Environment Directorate

Markets for many classes of potentially recyclable materials are growing. However, market failures and barriers are constraining some markets. In many cases this arises because such markets possess characteristics which undermine their efficiency. Factors such as information failures, technological externalities, and market power can affect the prices, quantity, and quality of materials traded. 

This report presents the case for the use of 'industrial' policies which address such market failures and barriers as complements to more traditional environmental policies. Indeed, encouraging ever-higher recycling rates in the absence of such complementary measures may impose very high social welfare costs.

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Table of contents

Executive Summary
Chapter 1. Introduction and Overview of Market Failures and Barriers
Chapter 2. Improving Markets for Waste Oils 
Chapter 3. Improving Markets for Waste Plastics
Chapter 4. Improving Markets for Used Rubber Tyres
Chapter 5. Public Policy and Recycling Markets

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