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Hoff Rudhult, Linda, 2017. The waste of time – how a lower opportunity cost could increase households’ recycling effort : an empirical analysis of the effect of curbsiderecycling on waste sorting efforts in Swedishmunicipalities. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Economics

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Introduction of residential curbside recycling programs are assumed to have a positive effect on households’ waste sorting effort since it facilitates recycling in the context of daily life and provides a lower behavioural cost in terms of time, effort and storage cost compared to drop-off recycling. In Sweden, three different systems for curbside collection are used for waste sorting; four-compartment bins, different coloured bags, and bags and containers. The purpose of this study is to empirically evaluate curbside recycling program and to estimate the change in waste sorting effort in Swedish municipalities when residents living in single-family houses makes a transition from drop-off recycling to curbside recycling of packaging waste and newspaper. Econometric regression models are applied on unbalanced panel data for 264 municipalities during the time period 2007-2015. Fixed-effect regression model are used with additional control for region-specific characteristics and for waste management policies used. The results indicate a significant but weak support for a better waste sorting behaviour among municipalities providing curbside recycling with different coloured bags.

Main title:The waste of time – how a lower opportunity cost could increase households’ recycling effort
Subtitle:an empirical analysis of the effect of curbsiderecycling on waste sorting efforts in Swedishmunicipalities
Authors:Hoff Rudhult, Linda
Supervisor:Ek, Claes
Examiner:Hart, Robert
Series:Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för ekonomi
Volume/Sequential designation:1090
Year of Publication:2017
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM005 Environmental Economics and Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Keywords:environmental behaviour, waste sorting degree, curbside recycling, food waste, packaging waste
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-6566
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-6566
Subjects:Processing of agricultural wastes
Economics and management
Language:English
Deposited On:10 Jul 2017 11:08
Metadata Last Modified:10 Jul 2017 11:08

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