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Municipal Waste Selection and Disposal: Evidences from Lombardy

Authors: Francesco Silvestri, Stefano Ghinoi

Series: Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Keywords: Solid Waste, Waste Management, Fractional Logit Estimation, Regional Economics

JEL n.: C21, L97, Q53, R11


This article exploit a data base of 1.522 observations related to Lombardy’s municipalities to run a cross sectional estimation of the drivers of MW selection. We find no evidence of a significant correlation between the percentage of selected MW selection and market variables such as the unit charge for waste management, a result probably affected by the high degree of integration existing in Lombardy among collectors and disposal operators. On the contrary, we discover robust and significant correlation with a set of geographical, socio-economic, and political variables. Among the latter ones, we have a confirmations on the influence of party competition on the percentage of household recycling, with the left wing ruling parties more addressed to it than the rivals, and on the high correlation existing between MW selection and the implementation of a unit pricing scheme. Other positive correlations with the independent variable are shown by per-capita income, while quite surprisingly the education level of citizens seems to play no role.

Suggested citation: Silvestri, F., S. Ghinoi, (2015), 'Municipal Waste Selection and Disposal: Evidences from Lombardy', Nota di Lavoro 14.2015, Milan, Italy: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.