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Explaining the variation in household recycling rates across the UK

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  • Abbott, Andrew
  • Nandeibam, Shasikanta
  • O'Shea, Lucy

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Household waste recycling rates vary significantly both across and within regions of the UK. This paper attempts to explain the variation by using a new data set of waste recycling rates and policy determinants for all of the UK's 434 local authorities over the period 2006Q2 to 2008Q4. Our results suggest that the method of recycling collection chosen by policy makers is an important factor influencing the recycling rate. We also find an inverse relationship between the frequency of the residual waste collection and the recycling rate.

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  • Abbott, Andrew & Nandeibam, Shasikanta & O'Shea, Lucy, 2011. "Explaining the variation in household recycling rates across the UK," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(11), pages 2214-2223, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:70:y:2011:i:11:p:2214-2223
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