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From: Fred Friedman (FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV)
Date: Tue Apr 27 1999 - 13:04:06 EDT

Date: Tue, 27 Apr 1999 13:04:06 -0400 (EDT)
From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman)
Subject: Re: Pay-per-bag vs. mandatory recycling programs (Harmony)

April 27, 1999

Dear Harmony,

In a sense the chief difference between pay-per-bag and mandatory recycling is the good will vs. ill will that is created with them. Mandatory recycling breeds ill-will, as does legislating what ought to be voluntary. Pay-per-bag is more democratic but also sparks recycling and waste reduction. I suspect that pay-per bag reduces and recycles more waste than does mandatory recycling, but that is my suspicion and has not to my knowledge been studied specifically. If anyone has looked into the question it would be:

 Journal of Policy Analysis and Management or

Lisa Skumatz,
Skumatz Associates, Inc. (sorry, I can'f find her address but it may be in CA or Seattle, WA; she also is affiliated with the Reason Foundation in CA).

- Research Library for RCRA

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