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Environmental policies for drinks packaging in Georgia: A mini-review of EPR policies with a focus on incentive compatibility.

Research paper by Hans H Wiesmeth, Nino N Shavgulidze, Nino N Tevzadze

Indexed on: 15 Aug '18Published on: 15 Aug '18Published in: Waste Management and Research



Abstract

The paper investigates various approaches to an environmental policy regarding drinks containers in Georgia. Currently, most of the waste containers are landfilled or pollute the environment through littering, and separate collection and recycling of drinks containers are almost nonexistent. The Association Agreement with the EU, which entered into force in July 2016, stipulates the development of up-to-date waste management activities in this transition country. In accordance with the legal framework, this mini-review proposes an EPR policy for Georgia, based on the waste hierarchy. Various approaches for such an EPR policy are reviewed as regards their feasibility for a transition country, but in particular with regard to incentive compatibility: the policy should guide producers and consumers to comply with the regulations. Some cost estimates demonstrate the financial feasibility of the recommended solution. Practical experiences from Austria, Bulgaria, France and Germany provide a European context.