The growing solid waste stream is a looming environmental problem as many communities in the United States ans Europe face a shortage of disposal capacity. This book addresses a major policy question regarding the solid waste crisis: should municipalities charge households user fees for solid waste services? In considering this question Professor Jenkins draws on a data set which relates the quantity of waste discard and the prices charged to households for waste services in nine US communities. The author also provides an analysis of the relationship between the quantity of waste that individuals discard and such socio-economic variables as household income, the age of individuals and the population density of the community. In addition, she develops a utility maximization model which suggests that the quantity of waste recycled has a positive relationship with the user fee for waste services. Finally, the author provides instructions for forecasting the quantity of waste produced by a particular community.
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