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Creating value out of waste: the transformation of the Swedish waste and recycling sector, 1970s-2010s
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Unit of Economic History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3293-2318
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2023 (English)In: Business history review, ISSN 0007-6805, E-ISSN 2044-768X, Vol. 97, no 1, p. 3-31Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the growth of the waste and recycling sector in Sweden since the 1970s and seeks to identify the conditions for market growth and underlying business dynamics. The article identifies a slow growth pattern at aggregate level in the 1970s, while a major shift toward higher growth rates took place only in the mid-1990s. Resembling the findings of existing studies of German and US industry counterparts, Swedish recycling companies grew larger in the 1970s and more knowledge-intensive from the 1980s. Our study concludes that the growth of the Swedish recycling industry has been driven not only by government policies addressing household waste but even more so by large manufacturing firms that have increasingly demanded more complex recycling services over time.

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Cambridge University Press, 2023. Vol. 97, no 1, p. 3-31
Keywords [en]
circular economy, environmental regulation, Sweden, waste and recycling industry
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Economic History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-209559DOI: 10.1017/S0007680522000745Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85160820060OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-209559DiVA, id: diva2:1765945
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2023-06-12 Created: 2023-06-12 Last updated: 2023-06-12Bibliographically approved

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