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Explaining the variation in household recycling rates across the UK

Abbott, Andrew; Nandeibam, Shasikanta; O'Shea, Lucy


Shasikanta Nandeibam

Lucy O'Shea


Household waste recycling rates vary significantly both across and within regions of the UK. This paper attempts to explain the variation by using a new data set of waste recycling rates and policy determinants for all of the UK's 434 local authorities over the period 2006Q2 to 2008Q4. Our results suggest that the method of recycling collection chosen by policy makers is an important factor influencing the recycling rate. We also find an inverse relationship between the frequency of the residual waste collection and the recycling rate. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 15, 2011
Journal Ecological Economics
Print ISSN 0921-8009
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 70
Issue 11
Pages 2214-2223
Institution Citation Abbott, A., Nandeibam, S., & O'Shea, L. (2011). Explaining the variation in household recycling rates across the UK. Ecological economics : the journal of the International Society for Ecological Economics, 70(11), (2214-2223). doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2011.06.028. ISSN 0921-8009
Keywords Recycling rate, Waste policy, Local authorities, United Kingdom,