Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2017

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Political Science

Major

Political Science

First Advisor

Yu Wang

Abstract

As communities across the United States contemplate the increasing cost of municipal recycling programs, this work suggests curbside recycling programs become a public service for which residents pay a monthly fee. Using a convenience survey of residents of Tipton, Iowa this research evaluates residents’ recycling behaviors and attitudes and provides estimates of maximum willingness to pay per month for curbside recycling service. Two methods were used to determine willingness to pay for curbside recycling, a single-bound dichotomous choice referendum and an open-ended stated preference question, which provided three estimates of maximum willingness to pay per month for curbside recycling service. This work adds to the literature by evaluating recycling through a lens of ta public service and establishes a current estimate of WTP for curbside recycling in a rural Iowa community directly affected by the increased cost of recycling.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-5073

Copyright Owner

Miranda Lyn Wehde

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

62 pages

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Public Policy Commons

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