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The performance of private partners in the waste sector

Simões, Pedro, da Cruz, Nuno F. ORCID: 0000-0003-3381-6359 and Marques, Rui Cunha (2012) The performance of private partners in the waste sector. Journal of Cleaner Production, 29-30. pp. 214-221. ISSN 0959-6526

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2012.01.027


Private sector participation has proliferated uncontrollably throughout the world, often without devising the proper regulatory structures. This practice has special relevance in refuse collection services. Currently, there are some doubts about their actual benefits for the sector. In this article, the effects of private sector participation in the Portuguese waste sector are evaluated, including both ‘retail’ (refuse collection) and ‘wholesale’ (waste treatment) markets. The data were collected from 228 utilities, including 32 regional entities responsible for waste treatment and 196 local entities in charge of refuse collection. The results are based on a productivity analysis of waste treatment utilities (using Törnqvist and Malmquist productivity indexes to compute the total factor productivity), and on an efficiency analysis of refuse collection utilities (using traditional and robust non-parametric techniques). While in the ‘wholesale’ market the findings support the idea that benefits are ephemeral, in the ‘retail’ market private sector participation seems to increase the overall efficiency of the units.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Elsevier Ltd
Divisions: LSE Cities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2014 11:02
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:00

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