Key report on economic instruments and recycling

The range of economic instruments which may be used by the Government to promote household waste recycling has been whittled down to five in a report by Environmental Resources Ltd (ERL).1 Charges on raw materials, products, waste collection or disposal, or a "take-back" duty on manufacturers, now appear to be the main candidates for paying the costs of meeting the Government's recycling target.

The report was commissioned jointly by the Environment and Trade and Industry Departments. It assesses the potential of 13 economic instruments to increase recycling in a fair and cost-effective manner.

Action to promote household waste recycling is required for two reasons. The first is the need to accelerate progress towards the Government's target to recycle half of the UK's recyclable household waste by 2000. And the second is the nee

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