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Empirical analysis of solid management waste costs: Some evidence from Galicia, Spain

By 1963- Germà Bel i Queralt and 1975- Xavier Fageda


This paper analyses the factors that determine solid waste service costs. The empirical analysis is based on information derived from a survey conducted in a sample of Galician municipalities. The results reveal economies of scale in municipalities of fewer than 50,000 inhabitants, such that cooperation between these municipalities could lead to cost savings. It also appears that private delivery is not cheaper than public delivery. Finally, designating a larger proportion of the total waste volume to recycling does not imply greater costs

Topics: Reciclatge de residus, Recollida de residus, Administració local, Control de costos, Waste recycling, Refuse collection, Local government, Cost control
Publisher: Universitat de Barcelona. Institut de Recerca en Economia Aplicada Regional i Pública
Year: 2015
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