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Direct and indirect effects of waste management policies on household waste behaviour: The case of Sweden
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences. National Institute of Economic Research.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7206-6568
2018 (English)In: Waste Management, ISSN 0956-053X, E-ISSN 1879-2456, Vol. 76, p. 19-27Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Swedish legislation makes municipalities responsible for recycling or disposing of household waste. Municipalities therefore play an important role in achieving Sweden’s increased levels of ambition in the waste management area and in achieving the goal of a more circular economy. This paper studies how two municipal policy instruments – weight-based waste tariffs and special systems for the collection of food waste – affect the collected volumes of different types of waste. We find that a system of collecting food waste separately is more effective overall than imposing weight-based waste tariffs in respect not only of reducing the amounts of waste destined for incineration, but also of increasing materials recycling and biological recovery, despite the fact that the direct incentive effects of these two systems  should be similar. Separate food waste collection was associated with increased recycling not only of food waste but also of other waste. Introducing separate food waste collection indirectly signals to households that recycling is important and desirable, and our results suggest that this signalling effect may be as important as direct incentive effects.

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Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 76, p. 19-27
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food waste collection, signalling, Sweden, waste management, waste tariffs
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Economics
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-68052DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2018.03.038ISI: 000435064000002PubMedID: 29605305OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-68052DiVA, id: diva2:1192925
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Validerad;2018;Nivå 2;2018-05-28 (andbra)

Available from: 2018-03-23 Created: 2018-03-23 Last updated: 2018-07-26Bibliographically approved

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