Recycling regulation: economic and legal instruments

Written by Patrick Callahan

Recycling is an area that, due to the conservation of natural resources, has become one of the important areas in the global and regional economies. It makes it possible to establish non-waste consumption, thereby reducing the use of primary resources. If recycling becomes a more organized area, then there will be no questions about where to buy old newspapers and other waste for further processing. Many other problems that are present in the life of modern society today will also disappear.

All developed countries have already joined the environmental processes and the formation of a modern waste disposal system through recycling. It is about using waste to produce new goods. Reuse is the essence of recycling. Measures are being taken to regulate this area. However, when taking such measures, one or another problematic aspects are constantly revealed, in particular, those related to economic and legal regulation. As a result, many countries have not yet succeeded in moving towards a circular economy.

In this or that state, there are a number of obstacles that do not allow recycling to develop normally. So, there is no systematic approach that determines a simple scheme for sending the same waste paper to processing enterprises. Because the enterprises where it is formed simply have no idea how to get rid of it. And they understand that you can get money for waste paper. At the same time, they are well aware that an independent solution to the problem of paper waste removal does not allow to solve the problem in a profitable way. The lack of state support for their aspirations and the realization of their interests leads to the fact that used paper ends up in landfills. The closed recycling cycle is opened. Processors do not receive the raw materials they need. Waste is not recycled, but ends up in the environment, where it causes irreparable harm.

What do we have to do?

All states should think about how to move to a circular economy. This is possible if more effective laws are adopted. But, in addition to well-thought-out legislation, measures are also required to support the processing industry, as well as those who are faced with the formation of garbage. Legal instruments can work. However, if you use only them, the result will not be exhaustive.

It is necessary to use economic instruments for the development of recycling. Invest in projects related to recycling. We need to help enterprises that work in the processing industry. It is necessary to develop the waste market, make adjustments to the activities of its subjects. In addition, due attention should be paid to companies that are engaged in brokerage activities. Their work is very important for the world community as a whole. Because they are taking real action to move towards a circular economy. Brokers contribute to the development of recycling as a direction that can provide benefits to all parties of cooperation

The main goal of waste brokers is to improve the environmental situation. Despite the fact that they carry out some commercial activities, their main task is still to prevent garbage from entering landfills. They buy and sell old corrugated cardboard and other waste. At the same time, they successfully manage to solve the issue of transportation and establish logistics links. As a result, their work benefits all mankind living today on our still more or less clean planet.

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Patrick Callahan