Is Municipal Solid Waste Recycling Economically Efficient?

  title={Is Municipal Solid Waste Recycling Economically Efficient?},
  author={Doron Lavee},
  journal={Environmental Management},
  • D. Lavee
  • Published 9 August 2007
  • Economics
  • Environmental Management
It has traditionally been argued that recycling municipal solid waste (MSW) is usually not economically viable and that only when externalities, long-term dynamic considerations, and/or the entire product life cycle are taken into account, recycling becomes worthwhile from a social point of view. This article explores the results of a wide study conducted in Israel in the years 2000–2004. Our results reveal that recycling is optimal more often than usually claimed, even when externality… 

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