IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

Financial Flows in the Recycling of Packaging Waste: The Case of France

Listed author(s):
  • Nuno Cruz


  • Rui Marques

The recycling of packaging waste is an objective of the Community with very ambitious recycling rate targets laid down in the European law. Research on the operations and on the financial and economic costs that resulted from this environmental policy is an ongoing effort. Currently, there is still no agreement on the ‘optimal’ recycling rates, and on whether the targets should be raised, lowered or preserved. While each member state has currently its own packaging waste management system, there is still a lack of data regarding the actual costs of recycling and on how these costs have been distributed among stakeholders. It is not clear that the packaging and packaging waste Directive is being implemented correctly (i.e. it is not clear that the industry is supporting 100% of the costs of recycling packaging waste). This paper illustrates the French framework and discusses the financial transfers undertaken by Eco-Emballages the entity that manages the Green Dot scheme in this country. For this purpose, we use data from a sample of 45 entities in charge of selective collection and sorting of household packaging waste for the year 2010, covering about 20% of the French population. We match the financial transfers of the Eco-Emballages Group with the costs incurred by the local authorities (which are in charge of selective collection and sorting) and provide a discussion on the rationality and fairness of the system. Keywords: France; green dot; packaging waste; recycling. JEL codes: H11; H21; H23; Q53; Q58.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
Download Restriction: no

Paper provided by European Regional Science Association in its series ERSA conference papers with number ersa12p1011.

in new window

Date of creation: Oct 2012
Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa12p1011
Contact details of provider: Postal:
Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna, Austria

Web page:

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa12p1011. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Gunther Maier)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.