Cost‐benefit analysis of paper recycling: a case study and some general principles

Hanley, N. and Slark, R. (1994) Cost‐benefit analysis of paper recycling: a case study and some general principles. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 37(2), pp. 189-197. (doi:10.1080/09640569408711969)

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This paper sets out the legislative background to the recycling of waste materials in the UK. Relevant items in this background include: the provision of recycling credits under the 1990 Environmental Protection Act; the draft EC Packaging Waste Directive; and the German DSD scheme. We next set out the elements of a cost‐benefit analysis of waste paper recycling, including the environmental impacts of recycling. The method is then applied to a recycling scheme in central Scotland. We find that whilst on private, financial grounds the scheme is unattractive, it passes the cost‐benefit test in the base‐line case; this justifies government support for this recycling scheme, given the data used.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hanley, Professor Nicholas
Authors: Hanley, N., and Slark, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1360-0559

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