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This paper looks at the willingness to pay for and participate in a curbside recycling program based on a survey of 401 residents in Ogden, Utah. Modifying the Cameron and James ("Efficient Estimation Methods for 'Close-Ended' Contingent Valuation Surveys," The Review a/Economics and Statistics 69(1987):269-76) econometric model to fit ordered-interval data, we estimate that the mean willingness to pay for curbside recycling is $2.05 per month, and that 72% of the residents would willingly participate in such a program. Furthermore, females, young people, college-educated, those currently recycling without monetary reward, those regarding recycling as beneficial to the community and nation, and those with relatively high incomes are willing to pay the most for curbside recycling. Based on projected costs and estimates of mean willingness to pay, mandatory curbside recycling appears to be a fiscally feasible method for reducing waste disposal.