Date of Award
Master of Arts
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.
Miranda Lyn Wehde
Wehde, Miranda Lyn, "Curbside recycling as a public service: Evidence from Tipton, Iowa" (2017). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 15455.