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The role and success of UK waste minimisation clubs in the correction of market and information failures

Pratt, R. M. and Phillips, P. S. (2000) The role and success of UK waste minimisation clubs in the correction of market and information failures. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 30(3), pp. 201-219. 0921-3449.

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Abstract: The UK waste strategy is based upon a concept of a hierarchy of preferable options for handling and disposal of waste. Minimisation is at the top of this hierarchy and several policy strategies have been introduced to encourage the uptake of waste minimisation methodology by industry. Waste minimisation clubs are a key component of the UK waste strategy and an essential vehicle for encouraging industry and commerce to undertake waste minimisation methodology. There have been ~75 such clubs and they receive support from a wide range of sources, including the Environmental Technology Best Practice Programme and Environment Agency. The majority of clubs have facilitated a significant reduction in solid, liquid and gaseous waste arisings alongside financial savings achieved through increased efficiency. Academic literature claims that waste minimisation clubs are highly successful, but this has never been quantified. To address this, the study identifies economic reasons leading to excess waste production, namely market and information failure and then evaluates the role of waste minimisation clubs in overcoming these failures.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Waste minimisation clubs, market failure, information failure, competitiveness
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD783 Municipal refuse. Solid wastes > TD793.9 Waste minimisation
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE300 Environmental management
Creators: Pratt, Rachel M and Phillips, Paul S
Publisher: Elsevier
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Centre for Research into Sustainable Wastes Management
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > School of Science and Technology (2010-2016)
Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Environmental Science
Research Centres > Environment Research Group
Date: 2000
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 201-219
Journal or Publication Title: Resources, Conservation and Recycling
Volume: 30
Number: 3
Language: English
ISSN: 0921-3449
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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