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Title: Incentivizing secondary raw material markets for sustainable waste management

Abstract

Highlights: • An economic model of secondary raw material markets is presented. •Policies to enhance sustainable waste management at landfills are compared. • Correcting potential misperceptions of secondary raw materials seems quite promising. • Our theoretical model supports Circular Economy and landfilling mining initiatives. - Abstract: Notwithstanding several policy initiatives in many countries over a number of years, there remains a general sense that too much municipal solid waste is generated and that too much of the waste that is generated is landfilled. There is an emerging consensus that a sustainable approach to waste management requires further development of secondary raw material markets. The purpose of this paper is to propose a theoretical economic model that focuses upon this stage of a sustainable waste management program and explores policy options that could motivate efficiency in secondary raw material markets. In particular, we show how firm profit and social welfare optimizing objectives can be reconciled in a two-product market of waste management processes: landfilling and material reclamation. Our results provide theoretical support for building out recent Circular Economy initiatives as well as for the relatively recent emergence of landfill mining as a means for procuring secondary raw materials.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22742125
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Waste Management
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 67; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2017 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0956-053X
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; MUNICIPAL WASTES; RAW MATERIALS; SANITARY LANDFILLS; SOLID WASTES; WASTE PROCESSING

Citation Formats

Schreck, Maximilian, and Wagner, Jeffrey. Incentivizing secondary raw material markets for sustainable waste management. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/J.WASMAN.2017.05.036.
Schreck, Maximilian, & Wagner, Jeffrey. Incentivizing secondary raw material markets for sustainable waste management. United States. doi:10.1016/J.WASMAN.2017.05.036.
Schreck, Maximilian, and Wagner, Jeffrey. Fri . "Incentivizing secondary raw material markets for sustainable waste management". United States. doi:10.1016/J.WASMAN.2017.05.036.
@article{osti_22742125,
title = {Incentivizing secondary raw material markets for sustainable waste management},
author = {Schreck, Maximilian and Wagner, Jeffrey},
abstractNote = {Highlights: • An economic model of secondary raw material markets is presented. •Policies to enhance sustainable waste management at landfills are compared. • Correcting potential misperceptions of secondary raw materials seems quite promising. • Our theoretical model supports Circular Economy and landfilling mining initiatives. - Abstract: Notwithstanding several policy initiatives in many countries over a number of years, there remains a general sense that too much municipal solid waste is generated and that too much of the waste that is generated is landfilled. There is an emerging consensus that a sustainable approach to waste management requires further development of secondary raw material markets. The purpose of this paper is to propose a theoretical economic model that focuses upon this stage of a sustainable waste management program and explores policy options that could motivate efficiency in secondary raw material markets. In particular, we show how firm profit and social welfare optimizing objectives can be reconciled in a two-product market of waste management processes: landfilling and material reclamation. Our results provide theoretical support for building out recent Circular Economy initiatives as well as for the relatively recent emergence of landfill mining as a means for procuring secondary raw materials.},
doi = {10.1016/J.WASMAN.2017.05.036},
journal = {Waste Management},
issn = {0956-053X},
number = ,
volume = 67,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {9}
}