Norway addresses recycling monopolies
The Norwegian competition authority has called for wider use of deposit-and-return mechanisms for recyclable waste in order to combat a monopolistic recovery system that it estimates is costing consumers NKr1.1bn (€131m) annually in surcharges. "Each recycling company normally covers a sector, and is owned by companies in the sector or by trade organisations", the agency said. "Across-the-board collaboration in a sector can make it difficult for new actors to establish themselves....". One aim would be to return some of the surcharges (e.g. NKr100 on a refrigerator) to the consumer. See press release.