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Resources 2015, 4(3), 434-456; doi:10.3390/resources4030434

Stakeholder Perceptions of Unit Based Waste Disposal Schemes in Ontario, Canada

Department of Geography, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON L6S2X5, Canada
Academic Editor: Julian Fyfe
Received: 7 April 2015 / Revised: 11 June 2015 / Accepted: 16 June 2015 / Published: 25 June 2015
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Abstract

This study examines stakeholder perceptions of pay as you throw schemes (PAYT) in Ontario, Canada. Using a combination of panel and semi-structured survey data from provincial municipalities, focus is placed on analyzing: (a) the effects of PAYT systems on municipal recycling rates and program costs (b) stakeholder perceptions on the perceived effectiveness of PAYT policy (c) how locality affects PAYT program costs and affect municipal recycling rates and (d) the impact of Ontario’s “one Blue Box per household” provision on PAYT schemes. The results of the analysis show that while the implementation of PAYT schemes do increase municipal recycling rates, there are opportunities for further improvement. In Ontario, the effectiveness of PAYT policy is impaired by inconsistent enforcement, administrative burden, and the inadequate capacity of household recycling bins (“blue bins”). View Full-Text
Keywords: recycling; pay as you throw; diversion; cost containment; waste management recycling; pay as you throw; diversion; cost containment; waste management
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Lakhan, C. Stakeholder Perceptions of Unit Based Waste Disposal Schemes in Ontario, Canada. Resources 2015, 4, 434-456.

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