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Economic policy instruments for plastic waste

A review with Nordic perspectives

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Achieving a high quality of waste plastic materials and recycling processes is a key challenge in closing the resource loops for plastics. This report reviews the status and trends for plastic waste flows and treatment in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Furthermore, it gives an overview of existing policy instruments and the main challenges for designing policy instruments for improved recycling of plastic waste in these Nordic countries. The report identifies potential market failures associated with closing the resource loops for plastics. It reviews the economics research literature on policy instrument design for achieving optimal recycling rates and makes policy recommendations from the Nordic perspective. Finally, it presents results from a survey on market conditions to managers in the recycling and plastic manufacturing industry in Sweden.

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Evaluation and Comparison of Policies in Countries

The chapter compares the use of policy instruments in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The last section gives a brief evaluation of experiences on the use of economic incentives as well as experiences of main challenges when designing policy instruments for recycling of plastic waste in the four Nordic countries of this study.

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