Why Waste? Local Factors and Recycling Outcomes. a Case Study of North Carolina Counties
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This study uses data from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), Census data, and State Election data to examine the factors that affect recycling rates at the local level in North Carolina. Specifically, the study employs a panel dataset to analyze the economic, political, social, structural, and geographical factors that influence the recycling rate across the counties of North Carolina. From these findings, the study will highlight and identify existing efficiencies and future potential policy strategies for the implementation of recycling programs.
To my knowledge an evaluation utilizing an extensive list of factors has not been conducted for the state of North Carolina. Additionally, previous literature stems from single disciplines, neglecting the interdisciplinary aspects of recycling programs. This place-based study is innovative in that it looks at recycling outcomes using panel data across several parameters at the local level. By understanding the extent to which local factors increase recycling rates, we can have a better understanding of the underlying reasons for the variation in recycling rates across different regions of the state and identify areas of improvement.