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Patterns in Trash: Factors that Drive Municipal Solid Waste Recycling

By Jared Starr


Municipal recycling is driven by a variety of factors. Yet how these factors change over time is not well understood. I analyze a suite of contextual and program variable in multiple time periods, spanning 16 years, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Based on the models run, I reach the surprising conclusion that most program variables have an insignificant effect on recycling rates. These findings can inform municipal officials and waste managers as they seek new ways to increase municipal recycling participation

Topics: municipal solid waste, recycling, Massachusetts, Environmental Policy, Sustainability
Publisher: ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst
Year: 2014
OAI identifier: oai:scholarworks.umass.edu:theses-2302
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