Municipal Waste Collection: Market Competition and the EU Policy

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Carlo Reggiani

University of Manchester

Francesco Silvestri

University of Ferrara

Date Written: August 2015

Abstract

Two of the main pillars of the EU waste collection policy are the Proximity Principle and Self-Sufficiency Principle. According to those, waste should be disposed as close as possible to where it has been produced. The effect of such provision is to increase the market power of local disposers, with possible undesirable consequences for other firms in the vertical chain. We show through a simple spatial model that one effect of the Proximity Principle and Self-Sufficiency Principle is to provide an incentive to collectors and waste producers to increase the amount of separated waste.

Keywords: EU Municipal Waste Policy, Self-Sufficiency Principle, Proximity Principle

JEL Classification: Q53, L13, L44

Suggested Citation

Reggiani, Carlo and Silvestri, Francesco, Municipal Waste Collection: Market Competition and the EU Policy (August 2015). FEEM Working Paper No. 90.2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2715997 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2715997

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Francesco Silvestri

University of Ferrara ( email )

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Ferrara, 44100
Italy

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