More Bottle Banks Only Imply a Small Increase in Recycling of Glass in the Netherlands
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 2019-088/V
15 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2020
Date Written: December 24, 2019
The Netherlands advocates a glass recycling rate of more than 90%. In 2017, the rate is 86%. To reach this goal the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate wants to improve the collection infrastructure by increasing the number of bottle banks with 800 by 2021. However, a cost-effectiveness analysis is lacking. Based on empirical evidence with data from 2007-2017, we show that increasing the number of bottle banks is rather ineffective. Implementing an unit-based pricing system can be more effective, although this can have serious drawbacks.
Keywords: Glass Recycling, Re-Use Target, Waste Infrastructure, Local Government, Netherlands
JEL Classification: R28, Q53, C13
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