Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 10:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 11:00 AM

Project Type

Poster

Description

The Waterville, Maine community has experienced many struggles with establishing an economically and socially beneficial method for collecting recyclables from residents. In 2006, the town made the choice to terminate its curbside recycling pickup and open the Skills facility, where residents were able to transport there recyclables and dispose of them at the facility. This proved to also not be economically beneficial and the town ended this option for residents in 2012. The motivation behind establishing a new recycling program in Waterville is making Waterville more environmentally friendly, the creation of jobs for residents in the trash collecting business, moral obligation, and interest in public priorities. We would like to assess what the potential opportunities are for reinstating a curbside pickup recycling program in the town of Waterville. By designing a choice experiment we hope to give future researchers a method for quantifying the utility Waterville residents put on a curbside recycling program.

Faculty Sponsor

Sahan Dissanayake

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Economics Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

157

Included in

Economics Commons

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May 1st, 10:00 AM May 1st, 11:00 AM

Municipal Recycling In Waterville: A Choice Experiment

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

The Waterville, Maine community has experienced many struggles with establishing an economically and socially beneficial method for collecting recyclables from residents. In 2006, the town made the choice to terminate its curbside recycling pickup and open the Skills facility, where residents were able to transport there recyclables and dispose of them at the facility. This proved to also not be economically beneficial and the town ended this option for residents in 2012. The motivation behind establishing a new recycling program in Waterville is making Waterville more environmentally friendly, the creation of jobs for residents in the trash collecting business, moral obligation, and interest in public priorities. We would like to assess what the potential opportunities are for reinstating a curbside pickup recycling program in the town of Waterville. By designing a choice experiment we hope to give future researchers a method for quantifying the utility Waterville residents put on a curbside recycling program.

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