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Main Title Evaluation of the Feasibility and Economic Implications of Pricing Mechanisms in Solid Waste Management.
Author Ulrich., Ernst ;
CORP Author Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, Mass.;National Environmental Research Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Year Published 1975
Report Number EPA-68-03-0193; EPA/670/5-75-001;
Stock Number PB-239 116
Additional Subjects Solid waste disposal ; Management planning ; Prices ; Urban planning ; Economic analysis ; Collection ; Hauling ; Transportation ; Supply(Economics) ; Demand(Economics) ; Refuse disposal ; Numerical analysis ; Regression analysis ; Waste transfer stations
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB-239 116 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 06/23/1988
Collation 88p
This study analyzes the potential of pricing mechanisms in solid waste management systems. Such pricing mechanisms have been suggested as appropriate means for encouraging greater efficiency of resource, both within the solid waste management system proper and among sources of solid wastes. The study reviews the limited empirical evidence concerning supply and demand characteristics in markets for solid waste management (primarily collection) services. The analysis of processing and disposal and ancillary SWM services is hampered by the diversity of existing systems, and remaining problems in the conceptual clarification of the services provided. The analysis of cost functions in the Collection and Transportation subsystem suggests that these cost functions are subject to variable returns to scale. For smaller communities, there are economies of scale with respect to the amount of waste handled. For larger communities, scale effects vanish. The study concludes with a brief suggestion for a feasible method for implenting an effective pricing mechanism in SWM systems.