Public-private partnership for solid waste management services

Massoud, M. and El-Fadel, M. (2002) Public-private partnership for solid waste management services. Environmental Management, 30, (5), 621-630. (doi:10.1007/s00267-002-2715-6).


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The increasing cost of municipal solid waste (MSW) management has led local governments in numerous countries to examine if this service is best provided by the public sector or can better be provided by the private sector. Public–private partnerships have emerged as a promising alternative to improve MSW management performance with privately owned enterprises often outperforming publicly owned ones. In Lebanon, several municipalities are transforming waste management services from a public service publicly provided into a public service privately contracted. In this context, a regulated private market for MSW management services is essential. The present study examines a recent experience of the private sector participation in MSW management in the Greater Beirut Area. The results of a field survey concerning public perception of solid waste management are presented. Analysis of alternatives for private sector involvement in waste management is considered and management approaches are outlined

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/s00267-002-2715-6
ISSNs: 1432-1009 (print)
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Keywords: solid waste management, public–private partnership, lebanon
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 52914
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
November 2002Published
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:31

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