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Topic Title: What are the recycling trends between urban and rural areas and are there any specific infrastructure needs?
Topic Summary: Question to Jean-Daniel Saphores and Julie Schoenung
Created On: 10/4/2007 10:09 AM

 10/4/2007 10:09 AM

Todd Osman

Posts: 219
Joined: 2/2/2007

Question posed by the Moderator to Jean-Daniel Saphores and Julie Schoenung: What are the recycling trends between urban and rural areas and are there any specific infrastructure needs for either region?

Jean-Daniel Saphores responded: Recycling between urban and rural areas is different because of density, which, of course, by definition is different. People in rural areas typically are more used to traveling to landfills or to doing things themselves. So density it’s usually more costly to have curbside recycling -- it’s usually even impossible. But it’s not really a huge problem because people are willing to go the distance. They are used to doing things differently. In urban areas you have to distinguish between detached houses and multi-family buildings. In detached houses you can ask people to be responsible for their own waste. So there is a tendency towards pricing, meaning that people have to put some kind of price tag on their waste in general. I’m not talking about the U.S. strategically at this point. And is it impossible to do for multi-family buildings? And in urban areas it is also easier to organize occasional collection events for e-waste for example. And you also have the potential for more intervention from the private sector, which is not the case in rural areas. So you could say that in rural areas there is more of a need for government intervention. That’s what I would say at this point.

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