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Unit Pricing of Residential Solid Waste: A Preliminary Analysis of 212 U.S. Communities

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This report and preliminary analysis summarizes a database of 212 unit pricing programs representing communities in thirty states. Included in the database is information on each community's unit-based pricing program, recycling program, yard waste collection program, solid waste educational efforts, illegal diversion, and waste disposal and recycling outcomes. Previous statistical analyses of the performance of unit pricing programs include household studies within a single community, across communities with small sample sizes, or within a single region, state or set of case studies. While these have produced insights on household waste disposal and recycling behavior, several remaining questions may best be answered by comparing outcomes among different programs in communities with varying geographic and demographic characteristics. The 212 unit pricing programs for which comprehensive data have been composed represent a subset of a
larger database that lists unit pricing communities across the U.S. through June 1998 including their population, program type, and date of implementation. Other materials shown are a listing of the twenty-five largest unit pricing communities in the U.S. and the container preference by state.
This report is part of a series of reports listed above that have been developed to systematically analyze the performance of unit pricing. As with the other reports in this series, this report has neither been reviewed nor approved by U.S. EPA for publication as an EPA report. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of U.S. EPA, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use. These reports are made available only for their scientific use. The other reports in this series, which can be accessed through the links above, are:


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Date Linked: 05/28/2009

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