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Handbook of Recycling by Markus Reuter, Ernst Worrell

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Chapter 32

Geopolitics of Resources and Recycling

Ernst Worrell     Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Abstract

The new geopolitics of raw materials make reconsidering the role of resource efficiency, as well as the role of recycling in waste management, essential. These geopolitics also are changing waste management from an “end-of-pipe” policy and technique to a tool integrated in the life-cycle management of raw materials throughout the supply chain, next to the environmental and public health considerations of waste management. This means a complete rethinking of our approaches to waste management, which is only slowly taking hold in even the most advanced industrial countries. This chapter ...

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