Household Willingness to Pay for Dropoff Recycling: A Contingent Valuation Study
Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Increased landfilling costs and state-mandated reductions in municipal solid waste (MSW) disposal have combined to increase interest in recycling as an MSW management option. Most benefit-cost analyses, however, focus solely on urban curbside recycling programs and/or fail to include the benefits which accrue to households from the opportunity to recycle. This study focuses on the economic feasibility of dropoff recycling in rural areas, presenting estimates of household willingness to pay (WTP) for dropoff recycling in a rural/suburban area of Tennessee. Using contingent valuation, the most conservative mean household WTP is near $4.00 per household per month.
Kelly H. Tiller, Paul M. Jakus, and William M. Park. 1997. “Household Willingness to Pay for Dropoff Recycling: A Contingent Valuation Study.” J. Agricultural and Resource Economics, 22(December):310-320.