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Logistics implications of the UK packaging waste regulations

Anderson, Stephen and Allen, Julian and Browne, Michael (1999) Logistics implications of the UK packaging waste regulations. International Journal of Logistics: research and applications, 2 (2). pp. 129-145. ISSN 1367-5567

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13675569908901577

Abstract

This paper examines the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations introduced by the UK Government in 1997. The impact that these Regulations will have on the levels of freight transport activity associated with the collection and redistribution of packaging waste to recovery/recycling facilities is calculated. Findings indicate that the Regulations will lead to a 14% increase in freight vehicle kilometres attributable to packaging waste. The extent to which greater use of reusable containers could help to reduce packaging waste-related transport activity is also modelled. Details arc given of how businesses are responding to the Regulations and how some companies are adapting their logistics systems to incorporate the recovery and recycling of packaging waste as well as replacing disposal packaging with reusable containers. Interviews and case-study material carried out as part of the research are used to support this discussion.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
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