An economic analysis of the public-private-community partnership: the case of solid waste management

Alam, Khorshed (2008) An economic analysis of the public-private-community partnership: the case of solid waste management. In: 37th Australian Conference of Economists (ACE 2008), 30 Sep-4 Oct 2008, Gold Coast, Australia.

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This paper assesses the economic efficiency of the public-private-community partnership in urban solid waste management in Dhaka City. Waste Concern, a local non-government organization, trialled a partnership approach by integrating all the key stakeholders involved with waste generation, management and disposal in order to improve services and enhance living conditions. The conventional approach of solid waste management is based on the concept of 'collection-transport-dumping of waste', whilst this new approach demonstrates that recycling and composting can be a viable option to turn waste into treasure and achieve sustainability. This paper, based on the successful pilot program at the micro level in a Dhaka City suburb, builds a macro model for the city and provides an economic analysis of its social desirability. The analysis reveals conditions under which the economic benefits of the partnership model exceed its costs.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2009 00:31
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2015 00:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: cost-benefit analysis; Dhaka City; sustainability; urban solid waste management
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120504 Land Use and Environmental Planning
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140214 Public Economics-Publically Provided Goods
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 90 Commercial Services and Tourism > 9004 Water and Waste Services > 900401 Waste Management Services

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