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Free Market System

Under this system the legislation sets the objectives to be met but does not designate those responsible. In this way all the operators in the recovery chain contract under free market conditions and act in compliance with legislation. This may be backed up by voluntary cooperation between companies to promote best practices.

Countries: Austria, Croatia, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland. Although operating under a free-market system, United Kingdom features an hybrid system as collectors and treatment operators have to report to national authorities. In Ireland also, manufacturers, wholesalers, traders, retailers and waste collectors have information reporting obligations to the authorities and to that end have set up compliance schemes.