Environmental Economics

Municipal Solid Waste Recycling Issues

Many states and cities require households to recycle; some have specific goals, such as requiring 50% recycling of municipal solid waste (MSW). However, little analysis underlies the recycling targets. There has been some analysis of whether MSW recycling is beneficial, particularly recycling with curbside collection of recyclables. This paper considers the life-cycle economic and environmental impacts of MSW recycling. The report seeks to identify cost-effective policies to achieve environmental and sustainability goals for MSW. It emphasizes that some recycling improves environmental quality and sustainability while other recycling has the opposite effect. For further information, contact nc0y@andrew.cmu.edu.

  • Keywords

    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Major Programs and Media
    Environmental Media:
    c. Land
    c. Land - Solid Waste/RCRA
    Lave, Lester B.
    Hendrickson, Chris T.
    Conway-Schempf, Noellette M.
    McMichael, Francis C.
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Podolsky, Michael
    Geographic Area:
    United States
    Study Purpose:
    Policy Evaluation
    Inventory Record #: EE-0420
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    Carnegie Mellon University, Green Design InitiativeAddress:
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    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Policy, Office of Economy and EnvironmentAddress:
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    Date Linked: 05/28/2009