Re: Factors influencing rural recycling rates

Reid Lifset (
Fri, 22 Jan 1999 16:13:31 -0500

Dear Ms. Miller,

Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA) recently issued a
report, Nationwide Diversion Rate Study: Quantitative Effects of Program
Choices on Recycling & Green Waste Diversion: Beyond Case Studies" sponsored
by the Nat'l Soft Drink Ass'n, the Minnesota Office of Env'l Assistance, the
Am Plastics Council, EPA Regions 5&6, the Steel Recycling Institute and the
Reason Foundation.

This study employs statistical techniques (multivariate regression
analysis) to isolate the factors that shape recycling rates at the local
level. SERA analyzes both small and large community recycling programs.

You can find out about getting a copy of the study by contacting
SERA at or by contacting any of the study sponsors.

Good luck,
Reid Lifset

At 11:26 AM 10/22/96 -0400, you wrote:
>Clinton County is hoping to conduct a survey of residents to find out how we
>can improve recycling rates in rural communities. Has anyone done such a
>survey? If so, I'm looking for any information on the factors influencing
>rural recycling rates: income, education, employment type, age, etc.
>It will help in our survey design process to know which factors have proven
>to be significant indicators in other research projects.
>Reply to :
>Gayle Miller
>Clinton County, MI
>Thanks for the help!
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