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Unit Pricing Programs for Residential Municipal Solid Waste: An Assessment of the Literature

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This report analyzes the most significant literature on unit pricing programs to determine the degree to which unit pricing programs meet their stated goals. In doing so, the report highlights those areas where analysts generally agree on the outcomes associated with unit pricing, as well as those areas where substantial controversy remains. After a brief discussion of the economics that underlies unit pricing, this report presents an analysis of unit pricing in three broad categories: Program features, the outcomes associated with unit pricing, and issues involved with designing and implementing the system.


Miranda, Marie Lynn, Bauer, Scott D., and Aldy, Joseph E.

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