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Managing Household Waste in Ireland: Behavioural Parameters and Policy Options

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  • John Curtis

    (EPA)

  • Sean Lyons

    (ESRI)

  • Abigail O'Callaghan-Platt

    (Trinity College Dublin)

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Ireland has signed up to ambitious targets for diverting municipal solid waste from landfill. These targets are likely to be very difficult to meet without substantial changes to the way household waste is collected and managed. Data on household waste management behaviour in Ireland is scarce, and policymaking could benefit from improved data and market analysis. In this paper we use data from the EPA and CSO to estimate econometric models of household waste collection in Ireland, providing national estimates of income elasticities of demand, price elasticities where unit charges are in place, effects of imposing weight-based charging and effects of other important changes to service characteristics. These results are then used in a simulation model to illustrate the likely effects of some current policy options.

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Paper provided by Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in its series Papers with number WP295.

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Date of creation: May 2009
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  1. Frances Ruane & Xiaoheng Zhang, 2007. "Location Choices of the Pharmaceutical Industry in Europe after 1992," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp220, IIIS.
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  1. Incineration (N+2)
    by Richard Tol in The Irish Economy on 2010-07-18 11:29:35
  2. Waste policy
    by Richard Tol in The Irish Economy on 2009-11-19 14:08:41
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  1. Scott, Susan & Watson, Dorothy, 2009. "Cost-benefit Analysis of the Introduction of Weight-based Charges for Domestic Waste ? West Cork's Experience," Papers WP335, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
  2. Curtis, John, 2012. "The Environment Review 2012," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number RS26.

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