The economics of household waste management: a review

Chongwoo Choe, Iain Fraser

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In recent years reducing the amount of waste generated by households has become an important policy issue in industralised economies. It is no longer acceptable to discard waste without concern for environmental and natural resource issues. In an effort to reduce household waste various policy instruments such as kerbside charges, deposit-refund schemes, integrated sales tax exemptions and virgin material taxes, have been proposed and/or implemented. This article reviews the economics literature that has addressed household waste management. It is argued that a comprehensive modelling framework is necessary if the complex policy environment is to be accurately described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-302
Number of pages34
JournalAustralian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes

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