Economic and Environmental Efficiency of Solid Waste Management: The Welsh Case

38 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2007

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Joseph Sarkis

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Foisie Business School

Jeroen Dijkshoorn

BRASS

Date Written: March 2007

Abstract

This paper provides an efficiency analysis of practices in Solid Waste Management of manufacturing companies in Wales. We apply data envelopment analysis (DEA) to a data set compiled during the National Waste Survey Wales 2003. We explore the relative performance of small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises (SME; 10-250 employees) in Wales. We determine the technical and scale environmental and economic efficiencies of these organizations. Our evaluation focuses on empirical data collected from companies in a wide diversity of manufacturing industries throughout Wales. We find significant differences in industry and size efficiencies. We also find correlations that exist among environmental and economic efficiencies. These variations show that improvements can be made using benchmarks from similar and different size industries. Further pursuit of an investigation of possible reasons for these differences is recommended.

Keywords: Waste Management, Environmental Management, Efficiency, Data Envelopment Analysis

JEL Classification: A13, C61, D21, M11, M14, N5, Q2

Suggested Citation

Sarkis, Joseph and Dijkshoorn, Jeroen, Economic and Environmental Efficiency of Solid Waste Management: The Welsh Case (March 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=976942 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.976942

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