Curbside Recycling in King County: Valuation of Environmental Benefits

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To estimate the environmental value for curbside recycling and composting in King County, Sound Resource Management developed a comprehensive recycling and composting environmental costs and benefits valuation model. This model estimates pollution reductions across all three phases of product life cycles that are caused by diverting material discards to recycling or compositing. The model takes into account pollution emissions from collection vehicles, recyclables processing facilities, composting facilities, disposal facilities, and shipping of processed materials to end users.

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