Lisa Skumatz, Ph.D., is an economist and principal of Skumatz Economic Research Associates, a research and consulting firm based in Colorado.

By Dr. Lisa Skumatz

Incentives and Trash Collection

For decades, environmentalists and state and local leaders have disagreed over how to manage the ever increasing amount of garbage thrown out every year, and how to get us to recycle. Two methods that enlist the power of economic incentives - "pay as you throw" or "variable rates" are grabbing the attention of both sides. Why? Because they work. … more