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The Impact of State and Local Policies on the Recycling Effort

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  • Scott J. Callan

    (Bentley College)

  • Janet M. Thomas

    (Bentley College)

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    This research analyzes the economic, political, and demographic determinants of a community's recycling effort. A primary focus is to examine the effectiveness of various state and local policy instruments. Massachusetts serves as an appropriate context for the study because of its comprehensive solid waste master plan drafted in 1990. This plan establishes a series of statewide recycling targets and outlines the public policies aimed at achieving them. Local governments also are encouraged to design and implement supporting initiatives. Empirical results are generated from 1995 policy data and from 1990 census data on socioeconomic attributes. Among the policy instruments found to influence recycling are unit pricing, curbside recycling services, and municipal grants.

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

    Volume (Year): 23 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 4 (Fall)
    Pages: 411-423

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    Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:23:y:1997:i:4:p:411-423

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    1. Bevin Ashenmiller, 2006. "The Effect of Income on Recycling Behavior in the Presence of a Bottle Law: New Empirical Results," Occidental Economics Working Papers, Occidental College, Department of Economics 10, Occidental College, Department of Economics, revised Jan 2006.
    2. Boyer, Tracy A., 2006. "Talking Trash: Valuing Household Preferences for Garbage and Recycling Services Bundles Using a Discrete Choice Experiment," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association) 21074, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    3. Dijkgraaf, E. & Gradus, R. H. J. M., 2004. "Cost savings in unit-based pricing of household waste: The case of The Netherlands," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 26(4), pages 353-371, December.
    4. Palmer, Karen & Martinez, Salvador & Jenkins, Robin & Podolsky, Michael, 1999. "The Determinants of Household Recycling: A Material Specific Analysis of Unit Pricing and Recycling Program Attributes," Discussion Papers, Resources For the Future dp-99-41-rev, Resources For the Future.
    5. Takehiro Usui & Kenji Takeuchi, 2012. "Evaluating Unit-Based Pricing Of Residential Solid Waste: A Panel Data Analysis," Discussion Papers 1203, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University.
    6. Abbott, Andrew & Nandeibam, Shasikanta & O'Shea, Lucy, 2011. "Explaining the variation in household recycling rates across the UK," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 70(11), pages 2214-2223, September.
    7. Hai-Lan Yang & Robert Innes, 2007. "Economic Incentives and Residential Waste Management in Taiwan: An Empirical Investigation," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 37(3), pages 489-519, July.
    8. Ida Ferrara & Paul Missios, 2012. "A Cross-Country Study of Household Waste Prevention and Recycling: Assessing the Effectiveness of Policy Instruments," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 88(4), pages 710-744.
    9. Paul Missios & Ida Ferrara, 2011. "A Cross-Country Study of Waste Prevention and Recycling," Working Papers, Ryerson University, Department of Economics 028, Ryerson University, Department of Economics.
    10. W. Kip Viscusi & Joel Huber & Jason Bell & Caroline Cecot, 2009. "Discontinuous Behavioral Responses to Recycling Laws and Plastic Water Bottle Deposits," NBER Working Papers 15585, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    11. Usui, Takehiro, 2008. "Estimating the effect of unit-based pricing in the presence of sample selection bias under Japanese Recycling Law," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 66(2-3), pages 282-288, June.
    12. Gorm Kipperberg, 2007. "A Comparison of Household Recycling Behaviors in Norway and the United States," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 36(2), pages 215-235, February.
    13. Abbott, Andrew & Nandeibam, Shasikanta & O'Shea, Lucy, 2013. "Recycling: Social norms and warm-glow revisited," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 90(C), pages 10-18.

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