Public-Private Cooperation

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Public-Private Cooperation

Solid Waste Management is one of the major municipal challenges and historically administered by local authorities. During the last decades the private sector has got more and more involved into this subject in many different aspects. Today the private sector is an important pillar of solid waste management - as service provider for collection, treatment and disposal of different types of solid waste, as producer of necessary equipment and as a developer of technical solutions. In any case the performance of municipal solid waste management systems depends highly on the quality of the cooperation between the public and private sector.

The private sector involvement is inevitable for the development of innovative approaches towards an integrated solid waste management that considers wasted materials as a resource rather than waste. A successful partnership between the public and the private sector implies both, clear political decisions and a reliable legal and regulatory frame that allows the private sector to develop and implement innovative and economic solutions. These solutions may create employment and serve the protection of the environment.

Many excellent examples could be identified worldwide where appropriate political decisions and the establishment of a clear regulatory framework has turned wastes such as construction and demolition waste or electronic devices into resources that allow the private sector to develop appropriate solutions for the collection, handling, processing and recycling.

Throughout the month of May our section “Theme of the Month” will inform you about some of these good practices in the field of Public Private Cooperation. SWEEP-Net members from different fields present their approaches, expertise and experiences.

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