Assessment of public vs. private MSW management: A case study

M. A. Massoud, M. El-Fadel, A. Abdel Malak

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    Public-private partnerships in urban environmental services have witnessed increased interest in recent years primarily to reform the weak performance of the public sector, reduce cost, improve efficiency, and ensure environmental protection. In this context, successful public-private partnerships require a thorough analysis of opportunities, a deliberate attention to process details, and a continuous examination of services to determine whether they are more effectively performed by the private sector. A comparative assessment of municipal solid waste collection services in the two largest cities in Lebanon where until recently municipal solid waste collection is private in one and public in the other is conducted. While quality of municipal solid waste collection improved, due to private sector participation, the corresponding cost did not, due to monopoly and an inadequate organizational plan defining a proper division of responsibilities between the private and the public sector.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)15-24
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Environmental Management
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1 Sep 2003


    • Lebanon
    • Public-private comparative assessment
    • Solid waste services


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