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
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
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