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Publikācija: Analysis of Sustainability Aspects of the Packaging Deposit-Refund System in Latvia

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Nosaukums oriģinālvalodā Analysis of Sustainability Aspects of the Packaging Deposit-Refund System in Latvia
Rakstu krājuma / Monogrāfijas nosaukums Sustainable Development and Planning VI: WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment. Vol.173
Pētniecības nozare 2. Inženierzinātnes un tehnoloģijas
Pētniecības apakšnozare 2.7. Vides inženierija un enerģētika
Autori Elīna Dāce
Ieva Pakere
Dagnija Blumberga
Atslēgas vārdi Deposit-refund system, Packaging waste, Sustainability, Deposit fee, Beverage drinks
Anotācija In Latvia, for more than a decade a container system for packaging waste segregation has been in a continuous process of development – starting with the first containers in the beginning of 2000’s until now, when there are efforts made to provide containers to people living in rural areas. Although the regeneration targets set by EU are fulfilled by the existing system, it is still considered as not effective enough. In many cases the existing system is considered as economically and even environmentally unsustainable, but it is still maintained due to governmental pressure. At the same time, for about last five years hot discussions are held on implementation of packaging deposit system which would operate in parallel with the existing containers’ system. Since there are too many controversial arguments from the stakeholders involved, an analysis is necessary to assess the sustainability aspects of implementation of the deposit-refund system in Latvia. The paper presents the results of an analysis of the social, economic and environmental aspects. The results show that the deposit-refund system has a positive influence on the environmental aspects, however the benefits gained have to be balanced with the system’s costs and efficiency, which is hard to reach in Latvia because of small beverage drinks’ consumption. Therefore, solutions have to be found to enhance the existing curbside containers’ system rather than to introduce the deposit-refund system.
DOI: 10.2495/SDP130611
Hipersaite: http://www.witpress.com/elibrary/wit-transactions-on-ecology-and-the-environment/173/24507 
Atsauce Dāce, E., Pakere, I., Blumberga, D. Analysis of Sustainability Aspects of the Packaging Deposit-Refund System in Latvia. No: Sustainable Development and Planning VI: WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment. Vol.173. C.Brebbia red. New Forest: 2013. 729.-740.lpp. ISBN 978-1-84564-714-8. e-ISBN 978-1-84564-715-5. Pieejams: doi:10.2495/SDP130611
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