A paper waste prediction model

Andreas Mild, Martin Natter, Andreas Weber, Heinz Bach

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The aim of this paper is to develop a model predicting the collected amount of
waste paper at the regional level of municipalities. Leaming about the factors
that influence the amount of collected paper is a prerequisite for the evaluation
and reorganization of collection systems. We hypothesize that the amount of
collected paper depends on both, the waste potential and factors which influence
the convenience such as the density of collection sites.
For this study, we use a sample of 649 municipalities. The data show a high
variance in terms of the collected waste paper per person and year between the
municipalities. We develop a multivariate regression model providing valuable
insights about the relationship between demographic parameters and the amount
of collected waste paper. Furthermore, in this novel approach we found a
significant positive impact of the convenience of the collection system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment, Cadiz 2002
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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