Evaluation of the Metals Industry's Position on Recycling and its Implications for Environmental Emissions

@article{McMillan2012EvaluationOT,
  title={Evaluation of the Metals Industry's Position on Recycling and its Implications for Environmental Emissions},
  author={Colin A. McMillan and Steven J. Skerlos and Gregory A. Keoleian},
  journal={Econometric Modeling: Agriculture},
  year={2012}
}
Summary A healthy debate on the treatment of metals recycling in the life cycle assessment (LCA) community has persisted for more than a decade. While no clear consensus across stakeholder groups has emerged, the metals industry has endorsed a set of recycling “facts” that support a single approach, end-of-life recycling, for evaluating the environmental benefits of metals recycling. In this article we draw from research conducted in several disciplines and find that three key tenets of the… Expand
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