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Cash Recycling as an Efficiency Enhancing Anti-Poverty Program

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  • Bevin Ashenmiller

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    (Department of Economics, Occidental College)

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    While there are many descriptive articles about cash recyclers this is the first empirical study of people recycling for cash. A new survey shows that cash recycling is an important part of the income of the working poor and that an astonishing twenty percent of the income of professional scavengers comes from recycling. At the same time professional and workplace recyclers are responsible for a large amount of new recycling. A rough estimate of the amount of new recycling generated by the recycling redemption centers in Santa Barbara, CA lies between 36% and 51% of all cash recycling. Based on the evidence presented here it is important for policy makers to consider structuring new bottle laws in ways that encourage professional recycling.

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    Paper provided by Occidental College, Department of Economics in its series Occidental Economics Working Papers with number 9.

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    Length: 28 pages
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    Keywords: recycling; deposit-refund; Pigouvian tax;

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