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Environmental Law Reporter

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recycling policies, environmental law, sustainability


Environmental Law | Law


Household recycling is valuable because it reduces demand for virgin raw materials and lessens the cost of making products containing paper, metal, glass, or plastic. Effective recycling programs limit the amount of materials sent to landfills. Understanding the policies and contexts that are most conducive to promot- ing recycling can assist in the development of more effective recycling systems. It can also help businesses that are concerned with the disposition of their products and packaging. Using the most comprehensive data set on U.S. household recycling behavior, this Comment quantifies the relative impact on recycling of characteristics associ- ated with recycling in different populations, under different governmental rules, and having different facilitating resources and amenities.



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