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An Analysis of Regulatory Strategies for Recycling and Re-Use of Metals in Australia

Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Clayton Victoria 3800, Australia
Resources 2014, 3(2), 395-415; https://doi.org/10.3390/resources3020395
Received: 15 January 2014 / Revised: 19 March 2014 / Accepted: 1 April 2014 / Published: 14 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wealth from Waste: Urban Metal Resources and Industrial Ecology)
This article considers regulatory strategies that promote more efficient use of material inputs within the Australian economy, with particular focus on recycling and recovery of metals, drawing upon the concept of a “circular economy”. It briefly reviews the nature of regulation and trends in regulatory strategies within changing policy contexts, and then examines the regulatory framework applicable to the various phases in the life cycle of metals, ranging from extraction of minerals to processing and assimilation of metals into finished products, through to eventual disposal of products as waste. Discussion focuses upon the regulatory strategies applied in each phase and the changing roles of government and business operators within global distribution networks. It is concluded that the prevailing political agenda favoring deregulation and reduced taxation may be a major barrier to development of new styles of regulation and more effective use of taxation powers that is needed to support a more circular economy in metals. The implication for future research is the need to substantiate the outcomes of reflexive regulatory strategies with well-designed empirical studies. View Full-Text
Keywords: regulatory strategies; sustainable development; metal recycling; waste management; circular economy; product stewardship; reflexive regulation; barriers and enablers regulatory strategies; sustainable development; metal recycling; waste management; circular economy; product stewardship; reflexive regulation; barriers and enablers
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Gumley, W. An Analysis of Regulatory Strategies for Recycling and Re-Use of Metals in Australia. Resources 2014, 3, 395-415.

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