Will unit pricing reduce domestic waste? Lessons from a contingent valuation study

Tait, Peter R., Friesen, Lana and Cullen, Ross (2005) Will unit pricing reduce domestic waste? Lessons from a contingent valuation study. New Zealand Economic Papers, 39 83-103.


Author Tait, Peter R.
Friesen, Lana
Cullen, Ross
Title Will unit pricing reduce domestic waste? Lessons from a contingent valuation study
Journal name New Zealand Economic Papers   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0077-9954
Publication date 2005-06-01
Year available 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 39
Start page 83
End page 103
Total pages 11
Editor Ananish Chaudhuri
Place of publication Wellington
Publisher New Zealand Association of Economists
Language eng
Subject 14 Economics
Abstract This paper estimates the effect of introducing unit pricing for municipal domestic waste collection and disposal in Christchurch. The price effect is shown in a demand model estimation using data collected in a contingent valuation survey of Christchurch households conducted in 2003. The results show a small but significant price effect. Households on higher incomes exhibit a larger price effect than do those on low incomes. Private service is indicated as the most preferred option for substituting away from municipal service, followed closely by composting, compaction, and recycling. The number of households participating in substitute activities that divert waste from landfill is shown to increase
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