Recycling, International Trade and the Environment

Recycling, International Trade and the Environment : An Empirical Analysis

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During the last century international trade has become indispensable for many economies. This is not only the case for trade in primary raw materials and consumer products but also for secondary (recyclable) materials. With the rapid growth of the recycling sector worldwide, trade in recyclables increased tremendously. It is striking that most of this trade flows from developed to developing countries. This book addresses the main causes of this typical trade pattern and investigates its economic and environmental effects by carrying out case studies on waste paper imports in India, waste plastics imports in China, and used-tyre trade in Europe. The book concludes by recommending policies that are aimed at preventing negative economic and environmental effects potentially resulting from trade in recyclables. The book offers new ideas to researchers who are involved in international trade, material flows, and waste management, and provides new insights for decision-makers who are interested in WTO and the Basel Convention.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 20.3mm | 385.56g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 2001 ed.
  • VI, 220 p.
  • 0792368983
  • 9780792368984

Table of contents

Preface. 1. Starting from scrap. Part I: Theory and Methods. 2. Theories of international trade in secondary materials. 3. Models of international recycling. 4. Valuation of externalities. Part II: Case Studies. 5. Empirical evidence on recycling and trade in paper and lead in developed and developing countries. 6. Recycling and trade of waste paper in India. 7. Recycling and trade in waste plastics in China. 8. Trade and recycling of used truck tyres in Western and Eastern Europe. 9. Summary, conclusions, and recommendations. References. Samenvatting (summary in Dutch).
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