Recycling in multifamily dwellings: Does convenience matter?

Amy W Ando, Anne Y. Gosselin

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Factors that decrease the time cost of recycling have significant positive correlations with recycling rates in multifamily dwellings (MFDs). Waste-management experts have previously used anecdotes to infer a link between convenience and waste-diversion rates in MFD recycling programs. This article confirms and quantifies that link by applying probit and double-censored tobit analysis to survey data from 214 households in Urbana, Illinois. We find a strong connection between recycling rates and the perceived presence of adequate interior space for processing recyclables, and distance to recycling bins affects container-recycling intensity. The results have implications for cost-effective design of MFD recycling programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-438
Number of pages13
JournalEconomic Inquiry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 12 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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