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The Organization and Efficiency of Residential Recycling Services

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  • Wayne Carroll

    (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire)

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    Using data on residential recycling costs from fifty-seven Wisconsin cities, this study finds that average per-household recycling costs are significantly lower in cities that contract with a firm to provide curbside collection than in cities that provide municipal collection service. Higher population density reduces per-household recycling collection costs, but city size is not a significant determinant. Costs were higher in a city that had a market-based subscription program with several recycling haulers. These results are consistent with earlier work on the costs of waste disposal services.

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    Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 21 (1995)
    Issue (Month): 2 (Spring)
    Pages: 215-225

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    Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:21:y:1995:i:2:p:215-225

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    Cited by:
    1. Graziano Abrate & Fabrizio Erbetta & Giovanni Fraquelli & Davide Vannoni, 2012. "Size and Density Economies in Refuse Collection," Working papers, Department of Economics and Statistics (Dipartimento di Scienze Economico-Sociali e Matematico-Statistiche), University of Torino 009, Department of Economics and Statistics (Dipartimento di Scienze Economico-Sociali e Matematico-Statistiche), University of Torino.
    2. Macauley, Molly & Walls, Margaret & Anderson, Soren, 2002. "The Organization of Local Solid Waste and Recycling Markets: Public and Private Provision of Services," Discussion Papers, Resources For the Future dp-02-35-rev, Resources For the Future.
    3. Scott Callan & Janet Thomas, 1999. "Adopting a Unit Pricing System for Municipal Solid Waste: Policy and Socio-Economic Determinants," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 14(4), pages 503-518, December.
    4. Thomas C. Kinnaman, 2006. "Policy Watch: Examining the Justification for Residential Recycling," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 20(4), pages 219-232, Fall.
    5. Janusz Mrozek, 2000. "Changes over time in the decision to adopt curbside recycling," Atlantic Economic Journal, International Atlantic Economic Society, International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 28(2), pages 239-253, June.

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