This paper canvasses emerging trends in public policy and law, which may influence
the zinc industry’s interest in recycling. There are forces at work beyond
direct economic benefits that will drive recycling of zinc, including:
determination to pursue sustainable practices and product stewardship.
perceptions and pressure,
- customer and investor demand,
- protection and expansion of markets
In this paper, these “indirect” forces
are examined with particular focus on the zinc industry. It is concluded that,
in today’s world with an emerging precautionary approach to policy and
law making, public perception concerning the environmental implications of
metal products, and the need to conserve resources for future generation, a
industry response is required.