Incentives and the Culture of Recycling

Cultural Legitimacy and the International Law and Policy on Climate Change, June 2011

15 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2011

Date Written: June 21, 2011

Abstract

Through the Landfill Directive, the European Union has imposed targets on member states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing landfill waste. This paper will focus specifically on attempts to increase household recycling through the waste collection services. In the UK, there has been a debate within local and central government as to whether it is enough to rely on education and social responsibility or whether it is appropriate to reward recyclers. Using a reading of Hegel and an analysis of government reports, council data and user-generated content, the paper will argue that incentives are consistent with a sustainable system.

Keywords: Hegel, Catherine Malabou, Jennifer Benjamin, plasticity, psychoanalysis, environmental law, recycling, waste, sustainable development, Landfill Directive, incentives, landfill

Suggested Citation

Jeyaraj, Pravin, Incentives and the Culture of Recycling (June 21, 2011). Cultural Legitimacy and the International Law and Policy on Climate Change, June 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1926378 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1926378

Pravin Jeyaraj (Contact Author)

University of Westminster ( email )

309 Regent Street
London, W1R 8AL
United Kingdom

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