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Recycling, Producer Responsibility and Centralized Waste Management


  • Thomas Eichner
  • Rüdiger Pethig


This paper examines a Waste Management Organisation's (WMO) pricing options to implement the Pareto-efficient allocation in an economy where materials are first extracted, then used for producing a consumption good and finally recycled or landfilled. The composition of consumption waste results from the producers' product design and affects the productivity of secondary material generation. The incentives of various pricing strategies for inducing an efficient (green) product design are studied. No simple and ideal scheme is found. The most favorable pricing strategies turn out to comprise of positive or negative fees on producers based on residuals and material inputs.

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  • Thomas Eichner & Rüdiger Pethig, 2000. "Recycling, Producer Responsibility and Centralized Waste Management," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 57(3), pages 333-333, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(200105)57:3_333:rpracw_2.0.tx_2-e

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    1. Thomas Eichner & Marco Runkel, 2000. "Efficient and Sustainable Management of Product Durability and Recyclability," Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 88-00, Universität Siegen, Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Wirtschaftsinformatik und Wirtschaftsrecht.
    2. Pethig, Rudiger, 2006. "Non-linear production, abatement, pollution and materials balance reconsidered," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 51(2), pages 185-204, March.
    3. Thomas Eichner & Rüdiger Pethig, 2000. "Gebuehrenstrategien in einem disaggregierten Modell der Abfallwirtschaft," Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 85-00, Universität Siegen, Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Wirtschaftsinformatik und Wirtschaftsrecht.

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    JEL classification:

    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy


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