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Economic Analysis of Packaging Waste Reduction

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  • Donald N. Dewees
  • Michael J. Hare

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This paper examines the rationale for regulating packaging waste and finds two goals that survive careful analysis: saving the social costs of waste disposal and reducing pollution from the manufacture of the packaging materials. We find that source reduction has reduced the disposal of soft drink packaging waste more than either mandatory deposit-refund programs or household recycling. The benefits of packaging reduction justify some well-run recycling programs but they do not justify mandatory deposit-refund programs. We suggest two policies that will promote efficient packaging waste reduction.

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  • Donald N. Dewees & Michael J. Hare, 1998. "Economic Analysis of Packaging Waste Reduction," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 24(4), pages 453-470, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:24:y:1998:i:4:p:453-470
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    1. Keiko Yamaguchi & Kenji Takeuchi, 2011. "Consumer Preferences for Less Packaging: A Stated Preference Study," Discussion Papers 1117, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University.
    2. Kawahara, Shinya, 2011. "Electoral competition with environmental policy as a second best transfer," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(3), pages 477-495, September.
    3. Travis Wagner, 2007. "Reframing Garbage: Solid Waste Policy Formulation in Nova Scotia," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 33(4), pages 459-476, December.

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