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The Impact of Waste Management Facilities on Cost: A Comparative Analysis for Policy

Version 1 : Received: 6 March 2020 / Approved: 7 March 2020 / Online: 7 March 2020 (15:29:01 CET)

How to cite: Di Foggia, G. The Impact of Waste Management Facilities on Cost: A Comparative Analysis for Policy. Preprints 2020, 2020030121 Di Foggia, G. The Impact of Waste Management Facilities on Cost: A Comparative Analysis for Policy. Preprints 2020, 2020030121

Abstract

An adequate number of waste management facilities is the key element to meet circular economy goals. Using empirical data taken from official sources the research framework bases on an econometric model to compare the elasticity of cost on quantity of different alternatives such as waste-to-energy facilities, mechanical biological facilities and landfills impact on waste management cost. Results suggest that both waste-to-energy facilities (-0.278%) and landfills (-0.38%) concur to lower the cost while the higher the percentage of waste sent to mechanical biological treatment facilities, the higher the cost (0.788%). This figure deserves to be examined in more details as such facilities represent an intermediary step in the chain which efficiency depends on the industrial organization of the chain.

Subject Areas

waste management; circular economy; sustainability; mechanical biological treatment; waste-to-energy; waste tax; green economy; landfills; composting

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