More Garbage Collection

Here's an addendum to the previous trash post, take a look at this paper co-authored by Hai-Lang Yang of Iowa State University and Robert Innes of the University of Arizona in the Journal of Environmental and Resource Economics in 2007----In an accessible manner, the paper gets at three of the policies that have driven Taiwan's aggressive waste management program, namely, unit-pricing in Taipei, mandatory recycling in Kaohsiung, and a federally mandated plastic bag chare.  Although the paper is slightly outdated, it gives a worthwhile overview of the collective impact of policy initiatives and their impacts on behavior as indicated by the following metrics:  total waste, total recycling, and the recycling of four specific materials, all measured by weight per capita.