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The Viability of a "Voluntary Refund-Deposit System" for Aluminum Can Recycling in the U.S.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial marketing.
2014 (English)In: Light Metals 2014, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, 913-918 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The concept of a voluntary deposit system is developed and modeled in this paper in comparison to the current state of a voluntary non-deposit (R<inf>1</inf>) and mandatory refund-deposit (R<inf>2</inf>) hybrid system in the U.S. The R<inf>3</inf> model is found to be optimal in comparison through an increase in the recycling rate, a reduction in operating costs, and the creation of a larger surplus to be used to pay for an IT-based tracking system and research grants to enable future innovations in the collection and processing of recyclables. In the R<inf>3</inf> model, consumers are only burdened if they choose to not recycle, or they wish to have the convenience of curbside pick-up.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. 913-918 p.
Keyword [en]
Aluminum Used Beverage Containers (UBC), Innovation, Voluntary Refund-Deposit System
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Metallurgy and Metallic Materials
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-168351DOI: 10.1002/9781118888438.ch152ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84927959930ISBN: 9781118888438ISBN: 9781118889084OAI: diva2:817365

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