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Financing electronic waste recycling Californian households' willingness to pay advanced recycling fees

TitleFinancing electronic waste recycling Californian households' willingness to pay advanced recycling fees
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsNixon H, Saphores J-DM
Journal TitleJournal of Environmental Management
Volume84
Pages547-559
KeywordsElectronic waste, Ordered logit, Principal components analysis, Recycling financing
AbstractThe growth of electronic waste (e-waste) is of increasing concern because of its toxic content and low recycling rates. The e-waste recycling infrastructure needs to be developed, yet little is known about people's willingness to fund its expansion. This paper examines this issue based on a 2004 mail survey of California households. Using an ordered logit model, we find that age, income, beliefs about government and business roles, proximity to existing recycling facilities, community density, education, and environmental attitudes are significant factors for explaining people's willingness to pay an advanced recycling fee (ARF) for electronics. Most respondents are willing to support a 1% ARF. Our results suggest that policymakers should target middle-aged and older adults, improve programs in communities with existing recycling centers or in rural communities, and consider public-private partnerships for e-waste recycling programs.
URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6WJ7-4KXDRFC-3/2/2b44a807bc39f360b4fa2a19af4d7ecd
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