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Effect of kerbside collection on waste fractions separation

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STRUK Michal

Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Energy and Environment
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Faculty of Economics and Administration

Field Management and administrative
Keywords kerbside collection; municipal waste separation; waste management
Description Kerbside collection of recyclable municipal waste represents an alternative to the common bring-in collection schemes. Compared to bring-in schemes, kerbside collection should provide higher convenience to the people participating in waste separation, as the distance needed to be covered with the separated waste fractions becomes practically non-existent. In this paper we examine the effect of a kerbside collection on the amount of collected separated waste fractions, namely paper and cardboard and plastics, compared to the dominant collection through drop-off sites. We use data from 503 municipalities in Czechia. Our results suggest that kerbside collection can more than double the collected amount of paper and cardboard. In case of plastics we have also identified an increase in the separated amount, although the improvement was less notable. Additionally we have identified a strong effect of implementing incentive programs to the waste separation system in case of both examined waste fractions. On the other hand, the effect on municipal finance was not very significant, and waste expenditures are approximately the same with both collection systems.
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