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For recycling rates up to 15% it was assumed that this target can be achieved by collection of industrial monostreams and by bottle bank collection. For higher recycling rates it was assumed that more comprehensive routes such as gray bag or yellow bag systems are required.

For recycling rates up to 15% it was assumed that this target can be achieved by collection of industrial monostreams and by bottle bank collection. For higher recycling rates it was assumed that more comprehensive routes such as gray bag or yellow bag systems are required.

O Landf O Now O R15 X R25y + R35y X R50y

Figure 13.34. Ecoefficiency portfolio, comparing increasing recycling targets with landfill using the yellow bag system (Germany) [18].

of costs. An increasing recycling ratio of 25, 35, or 50% (R25, etc.) shows an increase in costs without an obvious further reduction of environmental impacts.

When comparing the yellow bag system with the gray bag system, it was shown that the yellow bag has higher costs while the gray bag system has slightly more environmental load (Fig. 13.35). The main conclusion thus is that

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