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Recycling Policies, Behavior and Convenience: Survey Evidence from the CalRecycle Program

Peter Berck, Marshall Blundell, Gabriel Englander (), Samantha Gold, Shelley He, Janet Horsager, Scott Kaplan, Molly Sears, Andrew Stevens (), Carly Trachtman, Rebecca Taylor () and Sofia B. Villas‐Boas
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Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 2021, vol. 43, issue 2, 641-658

Abstract: AB2020 established a deposit‐refund system in California, where consumers are reimbursed the California Redemption Value (CRV) upon recycling eligible containers at a recycling center. We study recycling under this policy, focusing on consumer convenience, reported recycling and diversion behavior, and responses to changes in the CRV amount. We find that consumers prefer nearby centers with flexible operating hours and short waiting times. While the CRV induces recycling, an increase in CRV would not lead to major recycling increases, given the limited number of containers entering trash streams. Finally, most diverted containers are taken from trash streams, not curbside recycling bins.

Date: 2021
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