Please find attached our last article in Improving recycling of textiles based on lessons from policies for other recyclable materials.
• Textile waste disposal encompasses 5% of global landfill.
• There is a need for implementation of recycling policies and legislations.
• Existing policies within recycling show to be effective.
• Existing recycling policies for other materials can be applied for textiles.
• Cooperative implementation of policies is necessary to diminish textile waste disposal.
Textile consumption has significantly increased, and textile encompasses about 5% of landfill. The EU circular economy package adopted in 2018 will for the first time require separate textile waste collection. However, there is a need for a cooperative introduction of several policies in order to significantly turn down the textile disposal worldwide. The aim of this paper is to give an overview over policies and incentives within recycling and reuse showing to be effective for increased recycling of various materials. Detailed analysis of literature available about policies and incentives applied within the waste management for metals, paper, glass and plastic has shown that most of the regulations can directly be applied in textile industries and to affect the consumer behaviour. Tax relief and rewarding policies shown to be effective both for environment friendly production of materials and for improved consumer behaviour. Awareness of consumers can also be increased with implementation of policies, including labelling for recycling. Challenges within textile recycling are also analysed and briefly discussed. Thus, the present paper can be a helpful guideline for the development of policies within textile waste management.
Available for free download for 50 days in the Journal of Sustainable Production and Consumption Volume 23, July 2020, Pages 42-51