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The Waste Market

Institutional Developments in Europe

Editors: Dijkgraaf, Elbert, Gradus, Raymond H. J. M. (Eds.)

  • Offers an insightful look into the waste collection markets from a European perspective
  • Provides an in-depth analysis of the waste market in Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden
  • Compares all available production modes (privatization, public firms, cooperation, municipal collection, contracting-out) and their effectiveness
  • Compares different types of variable charging systems
  • Includes references to all available literature
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About this book

Since 1960, the importance of the waste sector has increased substantially in many EU countries from an economic and environmental viewpoint, yet not much literature is readily available on the topic. Key questions answered in this book are whether the use of market oriented methods and organization forms can diminish the increasing costs and stimulate waste reduction and sorting.

The Waste Market undertakes the interesting task of examining the creative ways in which a handful of European countries, namely Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden, have managed their waste collection market. For instance, the Netherlands experimented a lot with competition and different types of ownership. It shows that competition is more important than ownership. The use of public firms, exceptional in other European countries, seems to be a powerful instrument to enhance competition. The lack of these firms might explain why private production is not always cheaper than own collection by municipalities in Sweden. Instead of public firms, cooperation is much more used in Spain and Norway to exploit economies of scale.

This insightful work also discusses variable charging that motivates customers to reduce waste. Different forms of variable charging are becoming more widespread in Belgium and the Netherlands and are very effective in reducing the amount of waste and help motivate customers to recycle their waste better. In the Netherlands different systems based on weight, bag, volume or frequency are used, which differ in effectiveness and implementation costs. The Flemish experience shows that variable charging can be even more effective, if it is combined with other policy instruments.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This specialized work on the topic of solid waste collection management in five European countries consists of eight substantive chapters: four on Holland and one each on Sweden, Norway, Spain, and Belgium. … for those concerned with the efficiency of municipal operations … this work, edited by academicians from the Netherlands, is a valuable resource containing much food for thought. Summing Up: Recommended. Comprehensive graduate, research, and professional collections." (J. Prager, Choice, Vol. 46 (11), July, 2009)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Dijkgraaf, E. (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • Cost Savings of Contracting Out Refuse Collection in The Netherlands

    Dijkgraaf, E. (et al.)

    Pages 9-21

  • Contracting Out Refuse Collection in The Netherlands

    Dijkgraaf, E. (et al.)

    Pages 23-41

  • Contracting Out in Sweden: Ownership and Production Costs

    Ohlsson, H.

    Pages 43-65

  • Does Public Ownership Impair Efficiency in Norwegian Refuse Collection?

    Sørensen, R.J.

    Pages 67-81

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4020-8711-0
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4020-8710-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.99
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-7963-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Waste Market
Book Subtitle
Institutional Developments in Europe
Editors
  • Elbert Dijkgraaf
  • Raymond H. J. M. Gradus
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8711-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8711-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8710-3
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7963-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 160
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