Groups find flaw in ‘percent recycled’ measure

Dec 11, 2006 | 11:05 AM | Paul Schaffer

"Percent recycled" can be a misleading guide for regulators and corporate planners seeking to boost the use of secondary raw materials, according to a coalition of metal trade associations.

"Of particular concern, pursuit of recycled content may generate market distortions and result in environmental and economic inefficiencies," the group contends in a report.

The contrasting approach, recommended as an alternative, is "end-of-life recycling," which focuses on capturing discarded materials and letting the market determine the most efficient destinations.

The paper, called "Declaration by the Metals Industry on Recycling Principles," was issued by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) in London. Listed as supporting the document are trade groups in aluminum, chromium, cobalt, copper, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, steel, tin, tungsten and zinc.....

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