Recycling: Key Component of a Sustainable Development Strategy

Recycling is a fundamental element of the life cycle management of products and their constituent materials. Canada is a major producer of metals which are used in a wide variety of products both domestically and internationally. The recycling industry is a significant player in returning valuable materials back into the economy at the end of a products useful life. Manufacturers of many of these products are increasingly building into their strategic thinking sustainable development concepts, of which recycling is a key element. This paper will discuss the challenges facing the recycling industry and how the use of sustainable development strategies are being incorporated into corporate business plans. Also how government is responding to this changing awareness of the need to balance environmental, economic and social needs within the Canadian context.

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