Socio-economic Determinants of Sustainble Consumption and Production II. Proceedings of Scientific Papers



Plastics are an important material in the economy but present a challenge for waste management, resource efficiency and the environment. Low rates of recycling and high rates of environmental leakage represent key sustainability challenges for plastics as well as product designers and producers. Aim of the research paper is to present the new trends in circular economy of the Slovak Republic. A range of policy instruments can be applied to improve the sustainability of plastics, including regulations, market-based instruments, information and voluntary tools.

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Circular economy, Policy instruments, Resource efficiency


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