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The Organization and Efficiency of Residential Recycling Services

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  • Wayne Carroll

    (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire)

Abstract

Using data on residential recycling costs from fifty-seven Wisconsin cities, this study finds that average per-household recycling costs are significantly lower in cities that contract with a firm to provide curbside collection than in cities that provide municipal collection service. Higher population density reduces per-household recycling collection costs, but city size is not a significant determinant. Costs were higher in a city that had a market-based subscription program with several recycling haulers. These results are consistent with earlier work on the costs of waste disposal services.

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  • Wayne Carroll, 1995. "The Organization and Efficiency of Residential Recycling Services," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 21(2), pages 215-225, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:21:y:1995:i:2:p:215-225
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    1. Graziano Abrate & Fabrizio Erbetta & Giovanni Fraquelli & Davide Vannoni, 2014. "The Costs of Disposal and Recycling: An Application to Italian Municipal Solid Waste Services," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(5), pages 896-909, May.
    2. Janusz Mrozek, 2000. "Changes over time in the decision to adopt curbside recycling," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 28(2), pages 239-253, June.
    3. Scott Callan & Janet Thomas, 1999. "Adopting a Unit Pricing System for Municipal Solid Waste: Policy and Socio-Economic Determinants," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 14(4), pages 503-518, December.
    4. H. Amandine Gnonlonfin & Yusuf Kocoglu, 2018. "Tarification incitative et gestion des Déchets Ménagers : études du comportement des collectivités locales françaises," Working Papers 2018.04, FAERE - French Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.
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    6. Campbell, Benjamin L. & Khachatryan, Hayk & Behe, Bridget K. & Hall, Charles & Dennis, Jennifer, 2014. "Crunch the Can or Throw the Bottle? Effect of “Bottle Deposit Laws” and Municipal Recycling Programs," 2014 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2014, Minneapolis, Minnesota 170379, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    7. Macauley, Molly & Walls, Margaret & Anderson, Soren, 2002. "The Organization of Local Solid Waste and Recycling Markets: Public and Private Provision of Services," Discussion Papers dp-02-35-rev, Resources For the Future.
    8. Graziano Abrate & Fabrizio Erbetta & Giovanni Fraquelli & Davide Vannoni, 2012. "Size and Density Economies in Refuse Collection," Carlo Alberto Notebooks 274, Collegio Carlo Alberto.
    9. Thomas C. Kinnaman, 2006. "Policy Watch: Examining the Justification for Residential Recycling," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 20(4), pages 219-232, Fall.
    10. Kinnaman, Thomas C. & Shinkuma, Takayoshi & Yamamoto, Masashi, 2014. "The socially optimal recycling rate: Evidence from Japan," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 68(1), pages 54-70.

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    Keywords

    Recycling;

    JEL classification:

    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy

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