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Optimal Solid Waste Tax Policy With Centralized Recycling

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Economic models have demonstrated the efficiency of curbside collection taxes. This paper demonstrates that such efficiencies disappear in economies with centralized recycling options — where recyclable materials can be removed from the waste stream either by households or at a centralized recycling facility. In such economies, a curbside garbage tax not only fails to encourage the centralized recycler to internalize the external costs of waste disposal, but introduces inefficiencies to the costminimizing mix of household and centralized recycling efforts. The optimal waste policy is a tax assessed further downstream at the landfill rather than at the curb.

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  • Kinnaman, Thomas C., 2010. "Optimal Solid Waste Tax Policy With Centralized Recycling," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association, vol. 63(2), pages 237-251, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:63:y:2010:i:2:p:237-51
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    1. Houévoh Amandine R. Gnonlonfin, 2016. "An evaluation of French municipal solid waste pricing system," Working Papers 2016.18, FAERE - French Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

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