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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: TMS Light Metals, 2014, 913-918 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The concept of a voluntaiy deposit system is developed and modeled in this paper in comparison to the current state of a voluntary non-deposit (R 1) and mandatory refund-deposit (R2) hybrid system in the U.S. The R3 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 R3 model, consumers are only burdened if they choose to not recycle, or they wish to have the convenience of curbside pick-up. Copyright

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2014. 913-918 p.
Keyword [en]
Aluminum used beverage containers (UBC), Innovation, Voluntary refund-deposit system, Aluminum, Exhibitions, Hybrid systems, Recycling, Aluminum can, Beverage containers, Future innovations, Recyclables, Recycling rate, Research grants, Tracking system, Deposits
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-167946ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84899814443ISBN: 9781118889084OAI: diva2:817380
Light Metals 2014 - TMS 2014 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, 16 February 2014 through 20 February 2014, San Diego, CA

QC 20150605

Available from: 2015-06-05 Created: 2015-05-22 Last updated: 2015-06-05Bibliographically approved

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