Explaining the variation in household recycling rates across the UK

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Household waste recycling rates vary significantly both across and within regions of the UK. This paper attempts to explain the variation by using a new data set of waste recycling rates and policy determinants for all of the UK's 434 local authorities over the period 2006 Q2 to 2008 Q4. Our results suggest that the method of recycling collection chosen by policy makers is an important factor influencing the recycling rate. We also find an inverse relationship between the frequency of the residual waste collection and the recycling rate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2214-2223
Number of pages10
JournalEcological Economics
Issue number11
Early online date28 Jul 2011
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2011


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