Recycling Retail Plastic Packaging: Genanvendelse af plastikemballage fra Dansk detailhandel

Sara Shapiro & Maja Johannessen

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

The motivation for this thesis is an interest in promoting circular material flows. Based on an understanding of the physical limitations and possibilities of plastic recycling, the thesis answers the question: How can recycling of plastic packaging waste from Danish retail be improved? Fieldtrips and stakeholder interviews have provided valuable insight to the field. This primary empirical data is analysed along with relevant policy, literature, and statistics. We conclude that Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a relevant tool in order to improve recycling of plastic packaging waste from Danish retail. EPR should cover other fractions and other sectors so as to increase environmental benefits. Three models for assigning responsibility are discussed; individual producer responsibility, a producer responsibility organisation (PRO) with simple organisational responsibility and a PRO with full organisational responsibility. Implementing EPR on Danish packaging should be done in close cooperation with relevant industry to avoid sub-optimal solutions.

EducationsTekSam - Technological and Socio-Economic Planning, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Graduate
LanguageEnglish
Publication date29 Jun 2015
SupervisorsThomas Budde Christensen

Keywords

  • Waste management
  • Retail
  • Circular economy
  • Resource efficiency
  • EPR
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Waste policy
  • Recycling
  • Waste