Examining solid waste management issues in the City of Bryan

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Title: Examining solid waste management issues in the City of Bryan
Author: Arekere, Dhananjaya Marigowda
Abstract: Economic aspects of household recycling behavior and attitudes in City of Bryan are examined to improve solid waste management policies in the city . Using survey data collected by mail and personal interviews , residents ? ? attitudes towards solid waste management are analyzed , in general , and specifically , the factors influencing recycling behavior examined using logistic regression . In addition , three alternative policies are presented to respondents . First , support for an additional drop -off recycling center (Policy I ) is examined . Second , WTP for two different recycling programs , curbside recycling service (Policy II ) , and curbside recycling with a drop -off recycling center (Policy III ) , as a function of socio -economic factors thought to influence WTP are computed using contingent valuation method , an indirect valuation tool . Finally , preference for a particular policy among the three alternatives presented to the residents of Bryan is explored . Because of the different data collection modes and assumptions on the bid prices two logit models are estimated to examine recycling behavior , and Policy I and two multinomial logit models for the most preferred policy , whereas four logit models are estimated for Policy II and III . The estimated models are similar both within the Policies and between the Policies in terms of the affects of variables , significance of coefficients , and consistency with previous studies indicating a potential set of factors that can be used to explain WTP for recycling services . Bryan residents that are female , white , employed , have higher incomes , have children , own a house , and are self -perceived environmentalists tend to recycle more . Similarly , males , nonwhites , older respondents , students , non -environmentalists and non -recyclers are more likely to support an additional drop -off center . WTP for Policy II is positively influenced by males , whites , respondents who are employed , low -income respondents , environmentalists , non -recyclers , and those who support Policy I . In comparison , WTP for Policy III is positively influenced by females , whites , respondents who are employed , younger respondents , environmentalists , non -recyclers , and those who support Policy I . In the case of both Policies I and II , the bid price negatively influences WTP as expected . While the WTP for Policy II is slightly higher than the estimated cost of a curbside recycling service ( $2 .50 ) , the WTP for Policy III is lower than the estimated cost . No consistent pattern emerges across most of the coefficients and the four possible alternatives , three proposed policies and the current situation . However , probabilities computed using the multinomial logit results is the highest for Policy II , followed by either Policy III or no change to the existing solid waste management policy .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /3190
Date: 2006-04-12

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Examining solid waste management issues in the City of Bryan. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /3190 .

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