Trends in Household Recycling of Cans, Paper, Plastic, and Glass; U.S. and State Data 2005-2012

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Jason Bell

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business

Joel C. Huber

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business

W. Kip Viscusi

Vanderbilt University - Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Vanderbilt University - Department of Economics; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics

Date Written: February 4, 2014

Abstract

This paper examines household recycling participation by state among panelists in a large nationally representative internet survey panel.

We report the percent of panelists in each state who indicate household recycling of cans, plastic, paper, or glass in the previous twelve months. These data come from over 300,000 surveys, administered starting in May 2005 through December 2012.

Over that period, 74% of panelists reported recycling cans, 67% plastic, 67% paper, 58% glass, and 51% reported having recycled all four materials during the previous twelve months.

Trends show that recycling is increasing over time in the United States overall, but there are large differences among states and regions.

Keywords: recycling, cans, plastic, paper, glass, landfills

JEL Classification: K32, Q28

Suggested Citation

Bell, Jason and Huber, Joel C. and Viscusi, W. Kip, Trends in Household Recycling of Cans, Paper, Plastic, and Glass; U.S. and State Data 2005-2012 (February 4, 2014). Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 14-3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2390850 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2390850

Jason Bell (Contact Author)

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W. Kip Viscusi

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