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Policy Instruments towards a Sustainable Waste Management

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
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  • Policy Instruments
  • Landfilling
  • Incineration
  • Recycling
  • Waste Minimization
  • Ecology
  • Geography


and “Differentiated VAT and subsidies for some services”. Compulsory recycling of recyclable materials is the policy instrument that has the largest potential for decreasing the environmental impacts with the configurations studied here. The effects of the other policy instruments studied may be more limited and they typically need to be implemented in combination in order to have more significant impacts. Furthermore, policy makers need to take into account market and international aspects when implementing new instruments. In the more long term perspective, the above set of policy instruments may also need to be complemented with more transformational policy instruments that can significantly decrease the generation of waste.

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