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Title: Regional strategies for managing and developing household waste recycling
Author: Watts, B. M.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2000
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The UK has found it difficult to improve recycling levels with a market driven waste management strategy. These difficulties manifest themselves in barriers to both the supply of and demand for secondary materials. The thesis exposes the need to manage the collection of recyclable materials so as to improve its cost effectiveness and to develop existing and novel higher value markets for the materials recovered. This research has attempted to provide a practical contribution to furthering recycling on a regional level, whilst also providing useful inferences beyond this scope by investigating aspects of both the supply and demand side barriers pertaining to the recycling industry. On the supply side, the thesis presents findings from an audit of a kerbside recycling collection scheme and a survey of public participation. Among the conclusions are that collection must be strategically located and thus the optimisation of the scheme is explored. However, it is imperative that all parts of the recycling loop are addressed concurrently and that recycling strategies are not purely focused on collection. Therefore, the influence of changes in market conditions on the optimal location of collection is investigated. This also enables the prioritisation of material markets to be developed. On the demand side, the thesis examine some initiatives intent on developing markets for recyclate and propagates the need to engage small and medium sized enterprises in using secondary materials and for the provision of support in this regard on a regional level. Consequently, the findings of a series of structured interviews with small manufacturing companies are presented and the needs of industry in being able to utilise secondary materials discussed. Several conclusions are developed and the need for a regional authority to be established to facilitate the regionalisation of waste markets is propounded. In addition, some recommendations are made regarding regional strategies for managing and developing household waste recycling.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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