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This document considers the recycling industry in the European Union. A selection of examples of impediments to recycling is presented in Table 1. Depending on the background policies and their goals, these impediments can be either environmentally desirable or not. Barriers to the growth of recycling can also result from the absence of legislative action or from the difficulty to take rapid technological progress into account in the decision making process.
The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) received a large and high quality feedback from many experts on the basis of two drafts circulated between June and September 1996. A general analysis of the problem (Chapter 2) first presents the main issues. The study then makes an effort to use the best available data about the current size of the recycling industry and present the technology and management options on a sectoral basis to identify the major barriers to its growth (Chapter 3). Chapter 4 reviews the coherence of the findings of the study with the proposed Community Strategy on Waste. Conclusions and recommendations for further action conclude the work.

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Authors: BONTOUX L, JRC Sevilla (ES);LEONE F, JRC Sevilla (ES);NICOLAI M, JRC Sevilla (ES);PAPAMELETIOU D, JRC Sevilla (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17271 EN (1996) 57pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
Record Number: 199710082 / Last updated on: 1997-02-28
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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