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Impacts of item-level RFID on packaging waste recycling: exploratory study of the industry?s expectations in Germany

Impacts of item-level RFID on packaging waste recycling: exploratory study of the industry?s... This paper deals with the implications of widespread item-level RFID tagging for the recycling of packaging waste. We first summarise possible positive and negative effects discussed in the relevant literature. We then present the results of an empirical study among organisations dealing with packaging production and packaging recycling in Germany. The results show that both packaging producers and recyclers acknowledge that widespread item-level RFID would have severe consequences for packaging recycling systems. Even though the respondents partly share the concerns raised in the scientific literature, they also appreciate the potential of RFID-based data for recycling processes. There was a remarkable similarity between these results for the two groups of respondents. However, there is no consensus regarding the overall consequences. Strong impacts are expected, but it is largely unclear whether these will overall be more positive or more negative. This demonstrates the need for future research in this evolving field. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development Inderscience Publishers

Impacts of item-level RFID on packaging waste recycling: exploratory study of the industry?s expectations in Germany

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. All rights reserved
ISSN
1740-8822
eISSN
1740-8830
DOI
10.1504/IJISD.2011.043323
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Abstract

This paper deals with the implications of widespread item-level RFID tagging for the recycling of packaging waste. We first summarise possible positive and negative effects discussed in the relevant literature. We then present the results of an empirical study among organisations dealing with packaging production and packaging recycling in Germany. The results show that both packaging producers and recyclers acknowledge that widespread item-level RFID would have severe consequences for packaging recycling systems. Even though the respondents partly share the concerns raised in the scientific literature, they also appreciate the potential of RFID-based data for recycling processes. There was a remarkable similarity between these results for the two groups of respondents. However, there is no consensus regarding the overall consequences. Strong impacts are expected, but it is largely unclear whether these will overall be more positive or more negative. This demonstrates the need for future research in this evolving field.

Journal

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable DevelopmentInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2011

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