Fostering Recycling Participation in Wisconsin Households through Single-Stream Programs

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Jason Bell

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business

Joel 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: August 1, 2016

Abstract

Single-stream recycling enables households to recycle an unsorted mix of cans, plastic, glass, and paper, thereby reducing recycling costs. The expansion of single-stream recycling in Wisconsin provides a natural experiment to assess the extent to which single-stream increases recycling behavior. Using a longitudinal database that matches household recycling participation to county-level recycling policies from Wisconsin, we identify respondent and county characteristics that promote recycling. The results of both fixed effects regressions and a differences-in-differences analysis demonstrate that single-stream programs increase recycling within households. The shift from dual to single-stream has benefits exceeding costs.

Keywords: recycling, single-stream recycling, natural experiment, difference-in-difference

JEL Classification: K32, Q28, R2

Suggested Citation

Bell, Jason and Huber, Joel and Viscusi, W. Kip, Fostering Recycling Participation in Wisconsin Households through Single-Stream Programs (August 1, 2016). Land Economics, Forthcoming, Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 16-3, Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper No. 16-22, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2731294 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2731294

Jason Bell

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business ( email )

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Joel Huber

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business ( email )

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W. Kip Viscusi (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt University - Law School ( email )

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Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management

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Nashville, TN 37203
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Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics ( email )

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United States

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