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Problems with the study (cont.)

Cost of space for expanded waste / recycling facilities in apartments

Inhibition of innovation – laminates, smart packaging, active packaging

Worker health issues not costed

Study uses workers compensation premium as indicative of health costs – sickness and injury not covered by insurance not costed

Public Health impacts not costed

Storage of contaminated material at home

Transfer of contaminants through use of recycled materials

Lack of coincidence between expenditure and benefit

People who pay for recycling do not attract the benefit of reduced pollution if they do not live near the manufacturing facility for the packaging raw materials – this suggests that, even if there is an overall benefit to the recycling of some materials, most of those who pay for recycling miss out on that benefit – i.e. underlying distribution of costs and benefits are ignored.

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