What drives municipal solid waste policy making? An empirical assessment of the effectiveness of tipping fees and other factors in Israel

Itai Trilnick, Alon Tal*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

What factors influence the waste policy of local authorities? While central governments make efforts to promote recycling, the major players in municipal waste management are local authorities. This paper explores the factors influencing waste policies of local authorities in Israel in light of the new landfill tax legislated in 2007. Based on interviews with officials overseeing waste management and other stakeholders, a model of waste policy making in local authorities is proposed. A survey among waste officials of local authorities then evaluates the influence of general and specific factors on associated municipal policies. Cost of landfilling and a new landfill tax, is reported as highly influential on waste policies. Other factors, such as the Mayor's motivation, managerial capacity in the municipality, and recycling markets are also highly influential. While the cost of landfilling is easily targeted by the central government, the latter factors are seldom addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-374
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Solid Waste Technology and Management
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Israel
  • Landfill
  • Municipal
  • Policy
  • Recycling
  • Tax

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