Empirical study on determinants of household solid waste and the effect of the unit pricing in Japan

Akira Hibiki, Tetsuya Shimane

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Abstract

In our study, we explore the determinants of emissions of the garbage and recyclable materials and examine how the unit pricing affects the emissions of the garbage and recyclable materials. We found that (1) the unit pricing reduces the garbage emission and encourages the recycling activity of the household, (2) the household with lower income has smaller price elasticity to the garbage and the recyclable materials emissions. (3) the availability of the smaller bag is likely to increase the price elasticity of the garbage by approximately 4 times, (4) for the case of no smaller bag, 56% of the garbage emission is missing, while 86 % is missing for the case that the smaller bag is available. Our policy recommendations are; (1) we should be careful about the repressiveness of the unit-pricing, when the municipalities charge the higher price on the bag. (2) the availability of the smaller bag will be an important factor to improve the effectiveness of the unit-pricing. (3) the municipalities should be careful that most part of the emission reduction of the garbage might result in illegal dumping. If this is the case, the unit-pricing is not good without proper policy against the illegal dumping.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2006 1st International Symposium on Environment Identities and Mediterranean Area, ISEIM
Pages328-333
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
Event2006 1st International Symposium on Environment Identities and Mediterranean Area, ISEIM - Corte-Ajaccio, France
Duration: 2006 Jul 92006 Jul 12

Publication series

Name2006 1st International Symposium on Environment Identities and Mediterranean Area, ISEIM

Other

Other2006 1st International Symposium on Environment Identities and Mediterranean Area, ISEIM
CountryFrance
CityCorte-Ajaccio
Period06/7/906/7/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Demography

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