Public-private partnerships for solid waste management services

M. Massoud, M. El-Fadel

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    The increasing cost of municipal solid waste (MSW) management has led local govemments in numerous countries to examine if this service is best provided by the public sector or can better be provided by the private sector. Public-private partnerships have emerged as a promising alternative to improve MSW management performance with privately owned enterprises often outperforming publicly owned ones. In Lebanon, several municipalities are transforming waste management services from a public service publicly provided into a public service privately contracted. In this context, a regulated private market for MSW management services is essential. The present study examines a recent experience of the private sector participation in MSW management in the Greater Beirut Area. The results of a field survey concerning public perception of solid waste management are presented. Analysis of alternatives for private sector involvement in waste management is considered and management approaches are outlined.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)621-630
    Number of pages10
    JournalEnvironmental Management
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - 1 Nov 2002


    • Lebanon
    • Public-private partnership
    • Solid waste management


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