Analysis of sustainability aspects of the packaging deposit-refund system in Latvia

E. Dace, I. Pakere, D. Blumberga

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Abstract

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 2000s 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 depositrefund system in Latvia. The paper presents the results of an analysis of the social, economic and environmental aspects. The results show that the depositrefund 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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Development and Planning VI
EditorsC.A. Brebbia
PublisherWITPress
Pages729-740
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781845647148
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning - Kos, Greece
Duration: 27 May 201329 May 2013
Conference number: 6

Publication series

NameWIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment
PublisherWIT Press
Volume173

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning
Abbreviated titleSDP 2013
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityKos
Period27/05/1329/05/13

Keywords

  • Beverage drinks
  • Deposit fee
  • Deposit-refund system
  • Packaging waste
  • Sustainability

Field of Science

  • 2.7 Environmental engineering

Publication Type

  • 3.3. Publications in conference proceedings indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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